NAPOLI VS BARCELONA

Napoli vs Barcelona: Insigne won't compare Messi, Maradona

Speaking ahead of his side's Champions League tie with Barça, Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne was unwilling to compare Lionel Messi to Diego Maradona.

Maradona is divine for Neapolitans – Insigne won't compare Messi and Napoli great

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 their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

"Maradona is divine for Neapolitans"

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. "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, Barça are top of LaLiga and will go into the last-16 tie as favourites.

Insigne: Napoli must focus on themselves, not on Barcelona

But Insigne said Napoli simply needed to focus on themselves 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."