PASSION KILLER Cristiano Ronaldo has a bit of Maradona’s passion but Messi has NONE, claims Benfica boss as he wades into GOAT debate
BENFICA manager Jorge Jesus reckons Cristiano Ronaldo is more like Diego Maradona because Lionel Messi has no passion.
The Portuguese manager waded into the modern-day GOAT debate by saying Ronaldo played more like the late great Maradona.
Argentine icon Maradona passed away aged 60 last week and tributes poured in from around the world.
Jesus said: “Maradona was the best player ever, along with Pele.
“Pele’s still here, he’s alive. Maradona was greater, not just because he was a genius, but because of how he showed it. That makes the difference for me.
“He was absolutely world-class, but he had a passion for the game, he was born to be a footballer, he was born with everything.
“It was not a product of work, he was born like that. But he still loved having the ball.”
Jesus added: “Today, among the best two in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo has a little of that. Messi has nothing. He doesn’t have any passion.
“Messi is a great player. But we’re talking about life and feelings, having passion for the game and for football.