'Diego Maradona is the greatest of all-time' - Barcelona's Lionel Messi hails Argentina legend

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi is convinced Argentina great Diego Maradona is the best of all time as he downplays Pele's illustrious past with Brazil.

The Pele - Maradona debate has always provoked furious opposition between Argentina and Brazil, and the war of words between both men has been well documented.

However, Messi is certain the former Napoli legend is the greatest footballer ever.

"Maradona is the best player in the history of football, and I have no doubts about that," Messi told ESPN Brazil.

"I have never seen Pele play football, but I don't have to see him as I already know that Diego was the best."

Messi recently expressed his frustration at not scoring for Argentina. And his drought continued after failing to find the net in a 3-1 friendly win over Nigeria on Tuesday.

The Barcelona forward has not scored for his country since June, but he has already hit two for his club in La Liga this season.

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