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Maradona sees Messi as the next World Cup hero

December 8, 2008

Soccer legend Diego Maradona on Saturday said that he sees Barcelona's wonder kid Lionel Messi as the player who can embody his inspirational game on the pitch.

Putting Messi a notch above Brazilian Ronaldinho, the Argentine coach said he expects Messi to carry on his mantle in the 2010 World Cup.

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    "Messi still has a long way to go. I think he has another 10 years in front of him to improve," Maradona said in Kolkata.

    "He'll be doing fine in 2010, he'll be somewhat like me," the Argentina coach added.

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