The great Diego Maradona has spoken out following Germany's 4-0 win over Portugal, hailing their performance as "devastating."
According to FIFA, the former Argentina striker was in awe of Joachim Low's side's victory especially the individual display of Bayern Munich forward, Thomas Muller, who outshone Cristiano Ronaldo.
"We saw a devastating Germany, a Germany who roamed around with perfection. They caused a bit of worry with their physical strength," he told Venezuelan television show 'De Zurda'.
"If Germany keep this rhythm, then they must be taken seriously."
Germany, who have been drawn into the 'Group of Death' made the perfect start against Portugal with Muller grabbing a hat-trick to take the lead in the goalscorers chart with Mats Hummels heading home the other goal. Portugal weren't helped by Pepe's red card in the first half where he was dismissed for headbutting Muller. In the other game, the USA beat Ghana 2-1 thanks to header near the end from John Brooks of Hertha Berlin.
Maradona, who previously coached Argentina at the 2010 World Cup, would have also been impressed by the start his country made as they ran out as 2-1 winners against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lionel Messi got a goal - his second of his World Cup career - as the country raised their hopes of winning the trophy in Brazil's backyard. As Herman Crespo has said, they will need a helicopter ready if they were to do so.
The last time that Argentina made it to the semi-finals of the competition was 24 years ago and the last time they won was when Maradona was in the side in 1986, where they clinched victory against West Germany plus he also received the Golden Ball in Mexico.
Argentina's hopes rest on the Barcelona forward who is claimed to be the best player in the world. However, his reputation as a legend has been tarnished by his lack of quality exhibited on the international stage. His only goal before his strike against Bosnia came against Serbia & Montenegro in La Albiceleste's 6-0 win, where he was the youngest scorer in that campaign.
Now he is the captain and after a lot of criticism from his country previously before the game, the press have been full of praise for the 26 year old. One said the country can 'breathe' again after his drought ended whereas another paper said the World Cup has 'truly started with Leo.'
He will have a lot of competition for the golden boot this year with Muller already on three, Brazil's Neymar on two as well as the Dutch duo, Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie who grabbed a brace each in their 5-1 victory over Spain.
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