Sergio Ramos has hit back at Diego Maradona by claiming Lionel Messi is the best Argentine player in history.
Ramos, who helped Spain secure a 1-0 win over Iran at the Russia 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, reacted to the 57-year-old who, earlier in the week, said the Real Madrid defender was not as good as his Atletico Madrid rival Diego Godin.
In his response, Ramos, 32, replied and made it clear his Barcelona rivalMessi was far superior to Maradona.
“In Argentina they know that Maradona is light years away from the best Argentine player in history which, for me, is Lionel Messi,” Ramos told Marca.
Maradona captained Argentina to the World Cup title in 1986 where he was far and away the best player. He also led them to the final four years later.
Real Madrid captain Ramos praised Spain for their never-say-die attitude in securing maximum points over Iran.
“They [Iran] went out to waste time, whereas we like to win in a different way,” he explained.
“We leave happy. We’ve taken another step forward and now we have to try to top our group, it’s our objective.
“I still think we can improve in all aspects.”
Spain play Morocco in their final group game at Kaliningrad Stadium Tuesday.