Zanetti Shrugs Off Messi-Maradona Debate: “We Must Be Thankful”

Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti had already spoken out before the World Cup final, declaring that his opinion of Lionel Messi wouldn’t change irrespective of the outcome of the showdown clash against France. Having been crowned world champions, Argentina lifted their third world title – a first since the days of Diego Maradona in 1986.

Zanetti spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via FCInterNews) and shrugged off any comparisons between Maradona and Messi.

“I don’t like comparisons. We must thank both of the greatest in history to be Argentine. Lionel is more mature, he passed on his leadership to the boys.”

He then disclosed his opinion on the nail-biting final against France that eventually ended in a penalty shoot-out.

“Very great emotion what the boys gave us, above all because we had been waiting for it for a long time. I think they crowned the dream of many Argentines around the world. The final was very great, suffered for us Argentines because we thought everything was going well then France had a great reaction.”

France failed to become only the second team in history to lift back-to-back Word Cups, as Kylian Mbappe’s iconic hattrick was left begging for more following a penalty shoot-out victory by the Argentines.

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