Football: Paolo Maldini reveals his relief he never had to face ‘unstoppable’ Lionel Messi

Legendary AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini has revealed Diego Maradona and Ronaldo were the two toughest opponents he faced through his storied career, and stated his relief that he never had to face up to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s trickery.

The two never crossed paths during their careers as Maldini’s wound down just as Messi reached the pinnacle of the game. But the Italian has said, while speaking to Marca, that Messi is nigh-on unstoppable because of his unpredictability and overall talent.

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 24: Paolo Maldini of AC Milan during the AC Milan and AS Roma Serie A match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 24, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY – MAY 24: Paolo Maldini of AC Milan during the AC Milan and AS Roma Serie A match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 24, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

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He also spoke of Ronaldo and Maradona, who were players Maldini did get to face over the course of his career: “When he was very young, we played against Maradona’s Napoli and he’s certainly the best of all time.

“Ronaldo, the Brazilian, was another player who was unstoppable during the two years he spent with Inter.”

Maldini has also named former Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane among his toughest opponents in the past. Zidane is currently the head coach of Real Madrid, and made a world record move toSpain from Turin back in 2001 – when Maldini was at his peak.

On Messi, he said: “I was lucky not to have faced Messi.

“He was injured when we played against FC Barcelona, and I do not know how I would have managed stopping Leo because in my time there were possibilities of failure.

“Is Messi unstoppable? Yes, because he’s unpredictable and possesses incredible speed. He’s able to transform a normal move into a clear scoring chance.”

SOURCE; YAHOO

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