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Lionel Messi the Argentinian football star

Messi has played down comparisons with the best Argentinian legend Maradona ahead of his country’s friendly in Melbourne against Australia.

Maradona has hailed the Barcellona playmaker as the heir to his crown, the 20-year-old believes the comparisons are premature and misguided.

“I have answered this question so many times around the world,” Messi told reporters.

“There’s only ever going to be one Maradona and I feel honoured to be compared with him.

“I know I am still learning, I’m still young, I’m still developing as a player and I’m going to keep giving my best for the national team.”

Argentina coach Alfio Basile is using the match as preparation for the South American World Cup qualifying campaign which starts next month.