Diego Armando Maradona was the best player of all time for many, with that devilish and indecipherable dribble remaining throughout his career, making the fans of each team that he represented in the world and of the Argentine team, above all, happy.
However, in an effort to generate false expectations, many footballers were compared to him or designated as “the future Maradona”, which did nothing more than set the bar very high in their respective careers, although they achieved a very good career in most cases. Below we review the most recognized examples.
The “Bocha” is remembered because he was a member of the Avellaneda team at the beginning of the 90s, when Ten took over as coach and highlighted him by saying: “I was very surprised by the Ramírez boy… Remember what I tell you: Ricardo Ramírez is my successor ”. He passed away from COVID-19 in May 2021, sadly.
The “Burrito” broke it in River Plate, and soon the poster of being the next Maradona was hung on him. He used No. 10 of the national team at the 1998 World Cup, but his career was affected by his lack of discipline and his problems with alcohol.
Yes, the comparison was atypical since they did not even play in the same position, but after debuting in 1994 with Boca Juniors, “Kily” was claimed by Jorge Valdano to play for Real Madrid, he rejected after a request from Diego himself, who He then declared that the young left-hander had everything to become his worthy successor. Obviously he didn’t even come close to it, but he had a very good career.
Coming from the inferiors of River, he signed a multimillion dollar contract with Valencia, where he enjoyed his best years of football. His continuous pubic and back injuries have greatly reduced his career, although he gave us many joys with the ball.
Enemies off the pitch, many compared them for what they did on the pitch. Worthy bearer of Boca’s 10, interspersed with his sad time at FC Barcelona and his brilliant career at Villarreal, Román has established himself as an exceptional player but lacked character to succeed a little more.
His movements within the area, his short stature and his mischief confirmed him as a great candidate for successor to the mythical 10. Although he is close to retiring after having made a career, he did not come close to what Maradona achieved.
Messi managed not only to build his own career to establish his own name, but he did it with enough forcefulness to discard the desire for comparison. “I already know the player who will take my place in Argentine football: his name is Lionel Messi,” said the “10” when the Rosario was just 19 years old. Each one will analyze whether they have passed it or not.
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