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Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona have been compared ever since the little magician first wowed fans at the Camp Nou in the mid-2000s.
And the comparisons have reached their peak as Messi, after claiming his first World Cup triumph, was paraded around the Lusail Stadium – like Maradona at the Azteca. Sergio Aguero hoisted Messi onto his shoulder as he took in a lap of honour with players surrounding him.
Images reminded fans of Maradona – who had produced almost identical scenes in 1986. Sunday was the first time since those iconic images, in Mexico, Argentina have stood on top of the world.
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One fan tweeted: "Lionel Messi gets his World Cup trophy at last. A fairytale ending, ending it as the official heir to Diego Maradona!"
"God is Maradona and his son is Messi and Argentina are champions of the world," a second added. And a third said, after seeing a video of Messi being paraded: "Maradona is that you? Messi getting the Maradona treatment. A fairytale ending!"
While a fourth added: "I’ll always be a Ronaldo fan. But this. This has cemented Messi as truly…the Greatest Of All Time. Maradona is smiling down on him right now."
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The comparison between Messi and Maradona wasn't just limited to the photo – and fans noticed Messi and Maradona's penalties in their respective World Cup finals were suspiciously similar.
And, of course, others pointed to Maradona's 'goal of the century' which bares a strange similarity to Messi running half the pitch against Getafe.
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