Benfica manager Jorge Jesus believes Lionel Messi has no passion, and his rival Cristiano Ronaldo is more like Argentina legend Diego Maradona in this department.
Jesus told ESPN: “In my opinion, Maradona was the greatest player in history, with Pele. Pele is still here, he is alive.
“Maradona was the greatest, not only for what he was as a genius and player but for the way he showed. That made the difference to me.
“He was a world top, but he had a passion for the game, he was born to be a football player, he was born with everything.
“It is not a worked product, he was born that way. Love, all the feeling he had with the ball.
“Nowadays, between the two best in the world, Ronaldo has a little bit of that, Messi has nothing. He has nothing… of passion. He is a great player.”
Jesus later clarified: “Be careful not to misinterpret. As for Messi, we are talking about what life and feeling is about, having a passion for the game and football.
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“I think Maradona was even prominent in this regard in relation to other.”
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