Pablo Aimar sees Diego Maradona as a superhero.
Argentina’s former star
has talked about
. He says that Maradona was a superhero in his mind when he was a child.
"He was the biggest influence for those of us who were born in the 1970s and 80s,"
Aimar wrote in an article published in The Coaches' Voice
"By then the superheroes were already around: you had Spiderman, Batman and others, but we all wanted to be Maradona instead of those other superheroes.
"We pretended we were Maradona and we aspired to be the guy who was there in the Mexico World Cup in 1986, singing the national anthem and then in the Italy 1990 World Cup, insulting those who jeered our anthem. That was Maradona to us.
"There will be always be someone who didn't care about him, but for a lot of us he was what we wanted to be. Our families bought his boots and his shirt for us, not the Spiderman suit."
And about Lionel Messi he added:
"He has exhausted every possible superlative; for the last 15 years he has done exactly what he had to do.
"Nobody wonders or considers that every year he plays between 60 and 70 games. He knows he will play them and he is the best 99 per cent of the time. So there is nothing more to analyze. All of us who have played to a certain level keep out of the discussion of how many meters per game he covers."