Diego Armando Maradona

Maradona(full name: Diego Armando Maradona Franco) is an Argentine retired professional footballer. He is widely regarded as the greatest football player. He and Pelé were awarded FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. After his retirement, Maradona became the manager of Argentina national team in November 2008.

The draw for the 2018 World Cup has taken place in Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace, Russia on 1 December 2017, which defined the composition of the eight groups for 2018 FIFA World Cup. Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya presented the draw. Diego Maradona, as the guest, drew out England. Hosts Russia, Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia will meet in Group A. Thirty two teams will battle it out for the right to be crowned world champions next summer.

As a world-class player, Maradona played for Barcelona and helped the team win Copa del Rey, Copa de la Liga and Supercopa de España. He played for Napoli. The club won their first UEFA Europa League in 1989 with Maradona’s three goals and the assists. In 1990, he helped the team get the championship of Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana simultaneously.

The football legend scored his first national goal on 2 June 1979 and his team won FIFA U-20 World Cup this year. For him, Maradona got the Golden Ball award for Best Player of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals.

In 2002, the second goal Maradona scored in the 1986 World Cup was named as “FIFA Goal of the Century” by FIFA.

The excellent player has got lots of individual and team awards. He is born to a footballer.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, known as Lionel Messi, born on 24, June, 1987, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has been widely regarded as another Maradona.

Messi, together with the players of Argentina national team, got the champion in 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Besides, he, as the leader of the team, got three consecutive victories in La Liga, UEFA Champions League, and Copa del Rey in 2008/09 season.

When he was five years old, Messi started to play football in local youth team, and the coach was his father. At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a developmental hormone deficiency that would hinder his bony growth from growing taller. But, his family can not afford the treatment costs. Fortunately, he was taken to Barcelona by coach Cuca because of his talent in 2000. 13-year-old Messi, only 140cm, went to Barcelona training camp in September. His performance conquered the coach of Barcelona youth team, so they had signed a work contract with Messi until 2012. FC Barcelona helped Messi do exercises to make him become tall. Now, he is 170cm.

Messi is well known by his stunning header and speed. His feet are extremely flexible and strong. With superb technique, he can kick a ball with an amazing angle. In addition, his shoot by free kick also becomes a unique landscape in La Liga. Excellent ball handling skills let Messi pass a defender as a breeze. It’s easy for him to create space and opportunities for teammates when a defender is constantly trying to use body check to stop him. The fact that Messi got 1 point from Getafe team in 2007 is considered as a successful copy of Maradona, because he passed the ball successfully with 5 players’ defence.