Maradona managed Messi in the 2010 World Cup.

Diego Maradona reveals he would have punched Lionel Messi after his pass-penalty

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It’s been a month since Lionel Messi’s cheeky ‘pass penalty’ against Celta Vigo which allowed Luis Suarez to score.

Almost every person involved with footballer have had their say on the, now infamous, incident.

Some loved the sheer brilliance and arrogance of it. Other thought it was slightly disrespectful.

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But there’s one man who hated the penalty: Diego Maradona.

The Argentine managed Messi during the 2010 World Cup whilst he was in charge of his national team but admits he would have reacted angrily towards him if he was an opponent.

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"If I'd have been on the pitch for Messi's indirect penalty, there would have been punches thrown, regardless of whether it was the A, the B, the C or the D division, for sure there would have been punches thrown,” Maradona told Fox Sports’ ’90 Minutes’ show, via

Maradona is considered one of the greatest players to have ever played and Messi is often compared to the 55-year-old.

Argentina's striker Lionel Messi (R) is

Maradona also spent two seasons at the Nou Camp, scoring 22 goals in 36 La Liga appearances.

They both have a similar stature and Messi even reenacted Maradona’s incredible individual goal in the 1986 World Cup against England when he beat five players before rounded Peter Shilton.

As a 19-year-old Messi scored an incredibly similar goal against Getafe in La Liga.

Watch the video below to compare the two goals:

Another thing they may have in common at the end of their career is the fact they retired after a spell in Argentina.

Maradona hung up his boots after playing for Boca Junior and this week Messi revealed his dream to end his career in his native country.

Which wonder goal was better: Diego Maradona's or Lionel Messi's? Let us know in the comments box below!

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