Lionel Messi 'light years' ahead of Diego Maradona - Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos hit back at Diego Maradona's comments that he was "not a crack" player by saying that Lionel Messi is the best-ever Argentina player.

Maradona told Argentine TV station Telesur that although Real Madrid and Spain defender Ramos got more attention than Diego Godin, the Uruguay international was the better player.

But speaking to reporters after Spain's 1-0 win over Iran on Wednesday, Ramos responded to the 1986 World Cup winner.

"I respect him and Maradona was a great player, a 'crack,' for me," he said.

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"Obviously I am not going to judge individual opinions, but I will also say that, in Argentine football, they know very well that Maradona is light years behind the best player in Argentina history -- who for me is Leo Messi."

Maradona and Barcelona star Messi worked together without success as manager and player at the 2010 World Cup.