Argentina will win the World Cup - Maradona

The former Albiceleste star believes that his country can replicate the success of World Cup 1986 and says that Lionel Messi has come in for unwarranted criticism
Diego Maradona says that Argentina will win World Cup 2014 but warns that they cannot ignore the threat posed by Spain and Italy.

The Albiceleste qualified in pole position from the Conmebol standings and were drawn in Group F alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria for next year's tournament in Brazil.

Argentina last won the World Cup in 1986, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final, and Maradona, who played in the Mexico tournament, believes that the current national team can repeat that feat.

"There will be a repeat of 1986 in Brazil. Argentina will be world champions. Germany and Netherlands are also very good [and] both Spain and Italy cannot be ignored," he told Sport.

Maradona also says that his country's people do not appreciate what they have in Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

He added: "We Argentines don't know how to enjoy what we have, in football and in life in general. There's always something to compare it to. Messi should be left alone, don't compare him to me any more."