Playing with Maradona and Messi, Riquelme, deemed “lucky,” is sure to face inquiries about being the greatest of all time.
The former Argentina international emerged from Boca Juniors’ renowned youth system during Maradona’s association with the club, later playing alongside Messi as the young talent made his mark.
Being a member of the exclusive club of players who have been teammates of both Maradona and Messi, Riquelme hesitates to choose between the two when it comes to the title of the greatest of all time.
He told ESPN: “Maradona? He’s the greatest I saw on a football pitch when I was a child. Now when I grew up, the greatest is Messi. I was lucky to play with both of them, for me it was a very big dream.”
On Mexican soil, Maradona propelled his country to global glory, leaving an indelible mark with the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal and a remarkable individual strike against England. Following in the footsteps of his illustrious countryman, Messi replicated such efforts by inspiring the Albiceleste to a World Cup victory at Qatar 2022.
Messi continues to excel at the international level and simultaneously shines for the MLS side Inter Miami. The iconic 36-year-old is rewriting history with an impressive record of 180 caps and 106 goals. While gearing up for the Copa America title defense in 2024, it remains uncertain whether he will participate in the 2026 World Cup finals, which will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.