Despite Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi being three of football’s greatest-ever players, former Argentina international Diego Simeone has explained why he believes the trio could never play together in the same team.

The Atletico Madrid boss was speaking to the Argentine Football Association when he explained how, despite their differences, Albiceleste greats Messi and Maradona could play in the same team.

“Messi and Maradona are different,” Simeone explained, as reported by AS.

“One [Messi] is a goalscoring machine. I have suffered daily in recent years [against him]. The other [Maradona] was Argentine football represented in a person.

“Today it would seem that Messi, more mature, is beginning to externalise… They could play together.”

However, “El Cholo” also shared his view that it would be a stretch too far to add Ronaldo to the mix, given that all three players lack a strong defensive work rate.

Diego Simeone

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“Adding Cristiano would be more complicated,” the 50-year-old added.

“We would start having holes. I always say that if one [player] does not run, fine. If two do not run, it is difficult. If three do not run, impossible.”

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