Messi will never surpass Maradona, says Hector Enrique

The 1986 World Cup winner voices his opinion that no-one will ever better the legendary forward, despite the Barcelona star's continuing exploits for club and country
Former Argentina international Hector Enrique believes that Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi will never reach the level of Diego Maradona.

The 26-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, having won the Ballon d'Or four times and broken a host of goalscoring records in the process, but Enrique is adamant that he will never be as good as his illustrious compatriot.

"Messi does not have anything on Maradona. I love Messi and I would be happy if my son would play at one per cent of his abilities but Maradona was unique," Enrique told Continental.

"There will never be anyone like Maradona again, not even if Messi wins three World Cups in succession or scores a bicycle kick from midfield.

"Maradona and Messi have different characters on the pitch. Diego radiated confidence and made all of us play better. Messi has personality as well, but not like Maradona."

Enrique was part of the Argentina squad who won the World Cup in 1986.