Juan Martin Del Potro Says Messi Can Be Greater Than Maradona
by Tom Gainey | February 27th, 2013, 3:17 pm

Dubai quarterfinalist Juan Martin Del Potro talked some football yesterday following a tough third-set tiebreak win over Marcos Baghdatis. Del Potro hails from a football-rich nation of Argentina which boasts argubaly the best player, Lionel Messi, and one of the all-tile greats, Diego Maradona. Maradona, an Ambassador for the Dubai Sports Council, was on hand today for Del Potro’s win over Somdev Devvarman, and afterward the two shared a short hit on the court.

“He played really well, not like football, but he can hit the balls with me. It was a funny moment for both of us. He loves tennis. He knows also Federer and Djokovic,” Del Potro said.

And earlier the US Open champion was asked about the legend.

“Diego means a lot for the Argentinian people and always be a pleasure just say hi to him or share the moment or a coffee or something. He’s so big, I mean, for all the people, I think,” Del Potro said.

Though Messi continues to pile up the goals, Del Potro still considers Maradona better for the moment.

“Messi is getting closer,” he said. “Messi can be bigger than Diego maybe in the future, but they are fighting for a very special place, you know, maybe the best or the most important person of the world, you know. And they are from Argentina, so I’m so proud for that.”

Del Potro will play Daniel Brands tomorrow in the quarterfinals.

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16 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Says Messi Can Be Greater Than Maradona

Skeezer Says:


A class act. Nice to hear world famous Maradona gets on the Tennis court with Delpo. Not just a chat, but a hit! Way to promote the game!!

Oh wait, wasn’t this a Fed site? Pffft!

Wog boy Says:

When we see Messi playing in a club alongside no name players and manages to do what Maradona did with Napoli then we can compare him with Maradona. We keep forgetting that Messi plays alongside players who are more than a half of Spanish national team, world champs, when he plays for Argentina he is nowhere near as good as when he plays for Barcelona. By saying this he is the best ATM, but not better than Maradona.
This aplies for Pep Guardiola too, though he was smart enough to choose Bayern instead of other clubs that ofered him much more money, safe play by Guardiola. Bayern is German institution.

mat4 Says:


Don’t forget that Maradona won the WC almost by himself, and lead his team in the final of another one and almost manage to win the cup again.

Even Pele had Garincha, then Jairzinho, Rivelino and Tostao in his team. In 1962, Garincha won the title. In 1970, Brazil would have won anyway.

DelPo, who was born after that, has, understandably so, a short memory.

Wog boy Says:


Spot on, and that butcher broke his ankle when he played for Barcelona.

I don’t remember Garincha but the people who remember him told me that he was even better than Pele, but alcohol destroyed him.

PG Says:

Years ago official ATP players on tour had to sign up for a minimum number of tournaments for the year. Tournament directors advertised and planed according to players official entries. Players had to turn up on site, be examined by the official designated tournament doctor, who diagnosed and authorised a medical condition preventing a player’s participation and reason for withdrawal. This proof on site is surely not still in effect. but how genuine and acceptable are any doctors’ certificates verifying injury today? A press report even stated once “withdrawal due to tiredness”!! What penalties do the players have today besides a fine which is no hardship to top players if they break an ATP tournament entry contract?. What about the public paying high priced tickets, well in advance of tournament commencement, to be sure of seeing a favourite player in action live, who subsequently withdraws from the tournament!
Clarification appreciated please.

courbon Says:

@Mat4;Why you discusing foorball with GROBAR?You should not know better….

courbon Says:

@Mat 4;Argh.It should be like this:
Why you discussing football with GROBAR?
You should know better…

Brando Says:

LOVE Messi, who is the best for me right now in the beautiful game. But Wog Boy is completely right: Maradonna is in a league of his own. What he did with Argentina and Napoli NO PLAYER has ever come close to matching. Put simply: Diego could do what Leo does so well and still win with an average team- he was just that good!

nadalista Says:

Sky Sports ATP All Star Team:


Must have been put together by an American Coach! Djokovic in goal? Geez!

Here’s how my team would lay out:

1. Tipsarevic. With his current stamina issues, stick him between the sticks so he doesn’t have to run much.

2. Djokovic. Solid defence, turn defence into attack in a heartbeat and sweep up the wings.

6. Del Potro. Imposing figure, calm under pressure.

5. Janowicz. Tall, imposing figure tinged with slight menace, good for intimidating forwards.

3. Rafa. Best defensive wingback, powerful runs and curling deliveries into the box, shades of Roberto Carlos.

4. Ferrer. The wall, ’nuff said.

7. Berdych. Power wing play, overpower opposition defence.

8. Gasquet. Creative midfield genius with a sublime,killer pass.

11. Tsonga. Power wing play, overpower opposition defence.

10. Murray. Intelligent striker of the ball (can be too intelligent sometimes a la Glenn Hoddle).

9. Federer. Poaching striker, can create goal scoring opportunities out of nothing and score from impossible angles.

Manager: Toni Nadal
Coach: Ivan Lendl

skeezer Says:


RE; your team

I like it :)

Wog boy Says:

^ like it too.

Nadalista, can you give us a bench?

skeezer Says:

^ and a Team Mascot?

nadalista Says:

Oh yes, forgot about the bench:


Fognini. Defensive cover. I can hear you groan but can’t be a team worth its salt without an Italian, can it?

Cilic. Defensive cover.

Llodra. Forward cover.

Nishikori. Mid-field cover.

Raonic. In case it match goes into penalty shoot-out, he has unstoppable shots.

Gulbis. Goal-keeping cover, well, he thinks he is better than everybody else!

nadalista Says:

Team mascot:

David Goffin. Has potential to be a major player but must learn from the sidelines first. “Reward” for the double bagels he ate……….

Nadalista Says:

Forgot to include Serena Williams on the bench, forward cover, handy for penalty kicks also.

skeezer Says:

Gulbis …LOL

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