Diego Maradona’s son rips Lionel Messi after Argentina’s shock World Cup defeat to Saudi Arabia

Diego Maradona Jr has hit out at those comparing his legendary father to Lionel Messi after Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Diego Maradona led Argentina to the World Cup trophy in Mexico in 1986.

The son of the Argentine legend revealed he was “devastated” by Argentina’s defeat and said it was “crazy” that Lionel Scaloni’s men lost to Saudi Arabia.

However, Maradona Jr insisted there is no comparison between his father and Messi and claimed those who would suggest otherwise “don’t understand football”.

Speaking to Radio Marte in Italy (via Diario AS), he said: “I am devastated by Argentina’s defeat.

“I find it hard to believe that all of this really happened. Losing to Saudi Arabia is crazy.”

Lionel Messi watched as Saudi Arabia recorded an impressive victory over Argentina at the World Cup.  Credit: Alamy
Lionel Messi watched as Saudi Arabia recorded an impressive victory over Argentina at the World Cup. Credit: Alamy

Maradona added: “The comparison between Messi and my dad is made by those who do not see and do not understand football.

“We are talking about two different planets. But I don’t want to immediately throw the cross at Lionel.”

Argentina were “arrogant” and failed to close out their first World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia, according to Maradona Jr.

“Sometimes in football, you lose even to much weaker opponents,” he said.

“I don’t think Argentina were arrogant today. He was probably afraid.

“Football is like that. If you don’t close out the games, even the poorest teams will follow you.”

Speaking after Argentina’s defeat, Messi insisted there are “no excuses” for his side’s performance and they will be “more united than ever” after their defeat.

“We knew it [Saudi] Arabia are a team with good players, who move the ball well and push the line a lot. We are working on it, but we are speeding up a bit,” the Argentina captain explained.

“There are no excuses. We will be more united than ever. This team is strong and they have shown it.

“It’s a situation we haven’t had to go through for a long time. Now we have to show that this is a real team.

“It’s a very hard blow for everyone, we didn’t expect to start like this. Things happen for a reason.

“We have to prepare for what’s coming, it’s win or lose and it’s up to us.

“We have to get back to the basics of who we are. We have to think about what comes next.”

Argentina will return to World Cup action on Saturday against Mexico at Lusail Stadium.

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