MARADONA

Maradona, the best soccer player ever - here's why

The brutality of the challenges Maradona had to suffer was incredible compared to today's game - and the reason why many consider he'll always be the greatest ever.

It's clear from the video above just why some consider Maradona's talent on a football pitch peerless - the Argentinean number 10, who died today, had to suffer a level of violence from the opposition far in excess of what today's players had to cope with.

And despite the blatant fouling Maradona had to cope with on a constant basis - the only way for most rivals to have a chance of stopping him - the Argentina, Napoli and Barcelona legend was still able to beat so many of his opponents with his superb ball skills, and unbeatable physical control over his own body.

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