A main figure in Argentina’s 1990 World Cup squad, Claudio CANIGGIA believes that had he played in the final against Germany, Argentina would have won the World Cup.
Suspended for the final after having received two yellow cards throughout the tournament, Claudio CANIGGIA has no doubt that the final would have ended different. Speaking with TyC Sports, a legendary figure of the Argentina National Team also gave his thoughts on Diego MARADONA as well as Lionel MESSI.
“I was so good and I felt so confident… I saw the Germans as being easier than the Italians or Brazilians. Bigots, slower… They would have brought me down and resulted in a penalty or someone would have kicked me. I’m sure that we would have defeated the Germans.”
Claudio also stated that MESSI and MARADONA “see things that no one else see” before stating that MARADONA “is the best player I have seen in history”. He also stated that “DI STEFANO, MARADONA and MESSI are the best in history.”
Speaking about his good friend Diego MARADONA:
“MARADONA is the only guy that could have been champion with Napoli; because of his personality, his leadership and because of how he was with his team mates. MARADONA is the most complete player I have ever seen.”
Claudio CANIGGIA on Lionel MESSI:
“MESSI is a phenomenon and very close to Diego, he’s great and he’s done some spectacular things. He’s very consistent. I don’t believe I’ve seen many players with his consistency.”
CANIGGIA scored two very important goals for Argentina, both coming in the knockout stages. The first was against Brazil in a 1-0 win after a magical run by Diego MARADONA. The second came in the semi-finals, reaching onto to a header to score against Italy.