ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC may think he’s the best, but Maradona says he comes after Messi and Ronaldo.
Ibrahimovic is the biggest ace in Serie A winning the Scudetto six times (the Juventus titles were revoked for the Calciopoli affair), and even today at the age of 30, he carries Milan to a very-possible league win.
The Swede often says that in his eyes he is the best player in the world, but Argentine and football legend Diego Maradona, believes that Zlatan is the third-best player in the world, almost as good as C. Ronaldo.
“It can’t be easy to be Ibrahimovic’s coach. He is very full-blooded,” Maradona told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Ibrahimovic is almost at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo, who is obviously only 2nd to Messi. The best players in the world? Messi, Ronaldo and then Ibra and Rooney who are both at the same level.
“Kun Aguero is also among the top ten players and he’s still on the rise. I like Balotelli a lot. He’s still a kid, and his problems are mainly off the pitch; Roberto Mancini’s support puts him on the right track.”
Maradona is obviously a Napoli fan, playing there from 1984–1991, becoming one of the greatest legends Naples has ever seen as well as Italian football. Diego backs Milan for the Scudetto and hopes Napoli reach a Champions League spot. “It is important that Napoli will finish third, to replicate the CL experience. They’ve already done well the first they played it so I expect that next year they’ll be even better,” he said.
“Milan is probably still the strongest team in Italy. They also had the courage to invest in a young coach. [Massimiliano] Allegri is a very good coach. When it comes to coaches, you always see the same faces. I won’t be surprised if someone decides to call back Giovanni Trapattoni. Allegri made me laugh when he acted like he wasn’t thinking about a contract renewal. I saw it on TV and started yelling ‘Where are you going? Hold on tight to your spot at Milan. You won’t find a better place than Milan.'”
Maradona also believes that Juventus’ rebirth has been the highlight of the season so far, and is certain that Napoli will become Scudetto competitors soon. He also wants to return to Italy, as a fan of football.