Maradona Includes 2 Englishmen In List Of Best Players

Story By: Alex Cope, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News & Sport Ltd.

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Diego Maradona has included two Englishmen on the list of the best players he faced in his career.

The Argentine footballing icon posted to social media to respond to those who say he faced easier opposition in his era than the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do at the moment.

He posted a photo containing the faces of some of his toughest opponents, and England stars Bryan Robson and Kevin Keegan were included in the esteemed list.

Other names include Michel Platini, Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Brazil legend Zico.

Maradona captioned: “How can someone say that I didn’t have rivals in my era? I was playing against these legends: Baggio, Van Basten, Valderrama, Matthaus, Hagi, Stoichkov, Laudrup, Prosinecki, Romario, Futre, Gullit, Scifo, Bochini, Robson, Mágico González, Francescoli, Kempes, Antognoni, Cubillas, Rummenigge, Platini, Zico, Keegan, and many more. My respect and my memory for all of them.”

Some surprising names in the list were Salvadorian icon Magico Gonzalez, who played for Cadiz and Valladolid in Spain and Portuguese winger Paulo Futre, who had a brief spell with West Ham in 1996-97.

Maradona also recognised Peruvian legend Teofilo Cubillas, one of only three players to score five or more goals in two different World Cups, the other two being German pair Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller.

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Alex Cope

I am a senior writer and editor of the Golders news agency specialising in sports news from around the world.