As title suggests, i'm not here to make any real comparison between the two, but I do find the general mindset here quite intriguing..
This was posted on redcafe today:
Now, the lot of them say Paul Scholes, which is fair enough as he was an excellent player in his pomp, and I imagine those on this forum will say Xavi... but the majority of people still say Maradona was miles ahead of Messi as he did it on the International stage and Messi hasn't (yet).
Is that not a massive contradiction? Scholes played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups as well as the 2000 and 2004 European Championships, without any success whatsoever. Xavi was the mastermind behind Spains Euro 2008 triumph and 2010 World Cup wins.
So, my question, why is there this ridiculous view that you have to be successful at International level to be considered better than everyone else? George Best and Alfredo di Stefano didn't exactly set the world alight either on the International scene yet both widely regarded as two of the finest players of all time.