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Passionate Messi ready to join Maradona in the pantheon

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) Diego Maradona and Lionel uk canada goose Messi buy canada goose jacket are great Argentine footballers Canada Goose Coats On Sale with canada goose very different personalities but became for a brief moment when he scored in the World Cup group game against Bosnia.

Argentina’s Lionel cheap Canada Goose Messi celebrates scoring a Canada Goose sale goal against Bosnia during their 2014 World Cup Group canada goose clearance F soccer match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

The normally introverted Messi celebrated the goal, his first at a World Cup for eight years, with a primeval scream reminiscent of the raw passion that made Maradona such canadian goose jacket an idol at home.

While Maradona used to draw attention to himself as a player and in his private life, Messi is a shy character who shines on the pitch canada goose coats and prefers to maintain a low profile in his personal life and keep media appearances to a minimum.

Maradona still revels in the glory of leading Argentina to their second World Cup victory almost 30 years ago, while Messi dreams of inspiring canada goose clearance sale them to a third on Sunday. If he does, he will become one of the all time great players alongside his ex coach and former Brazil forward Pele.

Messi always tried to avoid comparisons with Maradona, canada goose uk shop although that was going to be an impossible task.

don want to in the World Cup with Argentina so people say that I better than cheap canada goose uk Pele or Maradona. I just want to achieve that with my fellow players on the national team. Some Barca players won the World Cup and Canada Goose online I want to know how does it feel, Messi said in a recent interview with ESPN.

POOR SLUM Messi career, and his life, could not be more different to those of Maradona who grew up in a poor slum in Buenos Aires.

He caught the public eye for the first time when he was 10 years old uk canada goose outlet and told a TV show: got two dreams. First playing in a World Canada Goose Parka Cup, and then winning the World Cup.

Messi was often canada goose coats on sale criticized at home because he moved to Spain at the age of 11 to join Barcelona academy system, canada goose uk black friday and he was perceived as not being as committed to the national team as he should have Canada Goose Online been.

In 1986 Maradona led Canada Goose Outlet Argentina to the world title in Mexico and from that moment his explosive character emerged and his brilliant performances on the field were interspersed with scandals off it.

He struggled for years with drug problems and canada goose uk outlet was embroiled in disputes with FIFA and fatherhood scandals. One of his most memorable outbursts was an incident in which he shot at journalists on the canada goose factory sale outskirts canadagoosejacketsalesca of Buenos Aires.

In the last Canada Goose Jackets decade, he became a friend canada goose store of late Venezuela president Hugo Chavez and Cuba former leader canada goose black friday sale Fidel Castro, among other left jackets wing politicians.

Messi regularly shone in Spain but struggled to repeat those performances for Argentina. He is buy canada goose jacket cheap a four times world player of the year but has never won a major title with his country. His Olympic gold medal is not really recognized by Argentineans.

Four years ago in South Africa, the two men came together at the last World Cup when Maradona guided Argentina to the last eight as coach in a disappointing tournament for Messi in which he failed to score in five matches.

is the best player in the world, Maradona said then, a phrase he has repeated several times since and he gave his compatriot another glowing endorsement on Friday ahead of the final against Germany.

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