Follow Rupert Fryer on. The Barcelona forward dominates opponents in a style which echoes that of Argentina's most revered footballer - in the third part of our series, Goal. ANALYSIS By Rupert Fryer Picking up the ball some 30 yards from goal, ducking inside one, outside a second, and skipping past a third before evading a final defender to dispatch it wide of the on-rushing keeper and into the far corner, it was a goal that would be replayed over and over again. Except this time the ball was considerably smaller, and the person in question was carrying a stick. Aymar would go on to inspire her side to the Women's Hockey World Cup, and was named player of the tournament. Messi has earned the comparisons ever since wandering onto the Camp Nou field as a squat, scruffy teenager around a decade ago. Legendary coach Carlos Bianchi agreed, as did former Uruguay international Enzo Francescoli, and a whole host of others.
Certainly, in the age that Maradona played football, it was a higher tempo sport than the one enjoyed by the Brazilian Pele, so the skill that the Argentinean showed can be regarded as extra brilliant. Born in a slum area on the outskirts of Buenos Aires in , Diego Armando Maradona was blessed with unique skill. As a youngster, he would often entertain the crowds at football matches at half time, with demonstrations of ball juggling, at which he was extremely adept. It was due to these amazing feats that he would acquire the nickname 'El pibe de oro', the golden boy. Local Argentinean clubs were quick to take note of the youngster's skill.
It is at this club where Cristiano displayed his technique with the ball at such a young age. Word spread around the Island, that Cristiano had an amazing talent, shortly after Ronaldo signed f Messi vs Cristiano has been a rivalry since their early appearances in the world of soccer. Since that game in Rome , the rivalry between the two best players in the world has only been flourishing.