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Capello thinks Messi is Maradona's successor

Friday, February 6, 2009

Fabio Capello believes Lionel Messi could be the successor of legendary compatriot Diego Maradona and thinks that the Barcelona star is the best player in the world - even better than current world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi has been in sensational form this season and has been on the forefront of Barcelona's surge to a 12-point lead in La Liga. The 21-year-old has already grabbed 21 goals this season and has 11 assists to his name so far.

And Capello has expressed his admiration for the Argentine forward and believes that Messi will reach as far as Maradona.

"He can do incredible things and is an exceptional player," the England manager said in an interview which Spanish sports daily Marca published Thursday.

"He is Maradona's successor."

Manchester United winger Ronaldo swept all individual prizes for 2008, but Capello thinks that there is no other player in the world who has much talent as Messi.

He added: "Ronaldo is a player with great speed, very good, very dangerous, very technical. He has an extremely high level, but it is Messi that is brilliant.

"The two of them are great players, but nobody in the world has the talent that Messi has."

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