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Van Basten thinks Messi lacks personality compared to Maradona

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Marco Van Basten has his say about Lionel Messi, saying, “Messi is also a great player, but Maradona always had more personality in a team.”

Moreover, former AC Milan striker thinks seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is not among the top three players in the world. 

“Pele, [Diego] Maradona, and [Johan] Cruyff are, for me, the three greatest players in history,” Van Basten told France Football, as per Marca.

As a kid, I wanted to be like Cruyff. He was my friend. I miss him. Pele and Maradona were also incredible.

“Messi is also a great player, but Maradona always had more personality in a team. “Messi is not the one who puts himself at the front to go to war.”

“I’m not forgetting Cristiano Ronaldo, [Michel] Platini or [Zinedine] Zidane,” he continued.

However, Marco Van Basten has won the Ballon d’Or three times in his career, in the years 1988, 1989, and 1992.

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