15 'Next Diego Maradonas' and How They Lived Up to the Hype

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15 'Next Diego Maradonas' and How They Lived Up to the Hype
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Diego Armando Maradona is not only the greatest player in Argentinian football history. Some would say he is the greatest player the world has ever seen.

Whichever side you fall on in the eternal Pele/Maradona debate, there is simply no doubting the brilliance of the man.

Despite his numerous failings, "El Pibe de Oro" (The Golden Boy) retains god-like status in Argentina, especially at Boca Juniors.

He was a boy from the barrios who overcame all life threw at him to become the best player in the world.

Since he delivered Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, a host of talented young stars have borne the burden of being compared to Maradona, all with varying degrees of success.

The basis for the comparisons could be tenuous at times. Some players mimicked Maradona's style, others were compared for their stature at their respective clubs and some simply played for Boca Juniors.

I will list those who have been burdened with the moniker chronologically before ranking them in terms of success.

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