‘I have seen Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona and Cruyff but Messi is the best’

Humberto ‘Bocha’ Maschio is one of the most famous people in Argentinian football. The 87-year-old has now entered the debate over ‘who is the greatest player of all time’. Mashio, who enjoyed a playing career at clubs like Racing Club, Internazionale and Fiorentina, says he has no doubt that this title belongs to Lionel Messi.

“I’ve seen Alfredo Di Stéfano, Pelé, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff – I’ve seen them all. But Messi is the best,” he told ‘Clarin’. “I’ve faced some of those myself but I repeat, again, Messi is the best. They were great players in their time but the pace of the modern game is so different. Just look at the goals Messi has scored.”

“Leo doesn’t run around much on the pitch but when he needs to, it’s as if the ball is stuck to his feet. I’ve seen players with unbelievable pace but when they have the ball, they slow down. Yet with Leo it’s the opposite and he does it in such a fantastic way.” 33-year-old Messi has been at FC Barcelona his entire career, scoring a stunning 633 goals in 729 appearances.