Following Argentina’s shock defeat in the World Cup, Diego Maradona Jr., son of Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, criticized his father’s comparisons to the Argentine star. Lionel Messi.
Argentina was expected to easily defeat Saudi Arabia in their first World Cup match and indeed the question was not whether they would win but how much the victory would be. However, despite coming out of halftime with a 1-0 lead, Argentina saw their opponents score two goals in five minutes and somehow hold on in dramatic fashion to win the match, resulting in one of the biggest surprises in the history of the World Cup.
Following the victory over Argentina yesterday, Saudi Arabia declared today a national holiday.
Meanwhile, the Argentines were shocked and angry. His national team had not lost in three years and were one win away from tying the record for the longest unbeaten streak on the national stage, held by Italy. Many expected Argentina to win it all and now find themselves in a situation where if they lose to Mexico on Saturday, they will be mathematically eliminated from any chance of advancing to the second round.
Diego Maradona Jr. went to Radio Marte to express his frustrations. “I am devastated by this loss. I can hardly believe this really happened. Losing to Saudi Arabia is mental.”
Maradona J. then decided to take charge of the constant comparisons made by fans and the media between her father and Lionel Messi. During their respective careers, both were considered by many to be the best players in the world at one time, both captained the Argentine national team, and both have been called among the greatest players in the history of the sport.
However, Maradona Jr. stated: “People who compare Messi with my father don’t understand football. We are talking about two different planets.”
In his defense, Maradona Jr. went on to say: “I don’t want to immediately throw the cross at Lionel.”
The biggest difference between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi is that Maradona won the World Cup when, in 1986, he made some of the best individual plays in the history of the tournament and, by the hand of God, helped lead Argentina to the cup. . However, it’s worth noting that Argentina had also won the cup just two tournaments earlier, as the host nation in 1978, and without the soccer legend.
Maradona then experienced exactly what happened to Messi yesterday.
Argentina opened the 1990 World Cup with arguably the biggest upset in the tournament’s history when they fell 1-0 to Cameroon. Unlike Saudi Arabia, which has actually been to the second round of the World Cup before, in what was its first tournament appearance in the US in 1994, Cameroon was in its second World Cup and their historic victory over Argentina was their first World Cup victory. Francois Omam-Biyik’s header was the only goal and unlike Messi who scored yesterday, Maradona scored nothing and was actually denied a goal throughout the tournament. It is something that Lionel Messi also experienced in 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa when he was coached, ironically, by Diego Maradona.
The good news for Argentina is that they bounced back after their upset defeat in 1990 and made it all the way to the final, although they lost that final to West Germany. The other good news from the past is what happened to Spain in 2010 when they lost their first match and then went on to win it all, winning their first World Cup Trophy.
Diego Maradona Jr. ended his tirade with a reasonable thought, saying about the Argentine team: “They were scared. Soccer is like that. Sometimes it happens that you lose even against much weaker opponents.