Insigne won't compare Messi and Maradona

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne was unwilling to compare Lionel Messi to Diego Maradona.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is considered among the best players of all time.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is considered among the best players of all time.   -  Getty Images

Lorenzo Insigne had no interest in comparing Lionel Messi to Diego Maradona ahead of Napoli's clash with Barcelona, saying the latter was "divine for Neapolitans".

Messi and Barcelona make the trip to the Stadio San Paolo, where Maradona starred as a player in the 1980s and '90s, for the first leg of the side's Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Like Maradona, Messi is considered among the best players of all time, but Insigne preferred not to compare the Argentine duo.

"I had an interview and I said Messi is the best player in the world," he told a news conference.

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"However, I do not want to compare him with Maradona, who is everything for us. I do not want to compare him.

"Maradona is divine for Neapolitans, with all respect for Messi who is the best right now."

Despite some off-field issues, Barca is top of LaLiga and will go into the last-16 tie as favourite.

But Insigne said Napoli simply needed to focus on itself heading into the first leg.

"I do not know what kind of problem Barcelona have got. I read some things as other people did," he said.

"I think after four goals scored by Messi against Eibar ... they have no problems.

"We do not have to think about them. We have to think about ourselves. They have to play a great game from the beginning until the end. That's it."

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