“If he’d been playing today there’d be no debate about the greatest player ever,” Schuster told FourFourTwo about the legendary Argentine.
Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, naturally, continuously draw comparisons with one another due to them both being diminutive Argentines and for their style of play, but Maradona’s former team-mate Bernd Schuster believes Diego would be the better footballer if both played in the modern game.
Former German international Schuster played in midfield for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, among others, during his successful career, turning out alongside Maradona at Barca for two seasons between 1982 and 1984.
During those two seasons, Schuster had the privilege of witnessing Maradona’s brilliance first-hand. In an era where pitches weren’t pristine carpets and referees allowed a lot more reckless challenges from opposition players, Maradona obviously thrived.
For Schuster, though, this offers only a glimpse of the quality he’d have been capable of had he been playing in today’s game.