Diego Maradona believes Lionel Messi is the only player who lives up to the hype of being the new 'Maradona'.
The Argentinian was simply brilliant during his playing career and many an up- and-coming rising star from the South American nation has tried to follow in his footsteps.
However, Maradona thought no one lived up to the hype of replicating his level of talent and skill until Barcelona ace Messi.
The 23-year-old Barca star is widely-regarded as one of the world's best and Maradona believes he is the first player who could be as good, if not better, than himself.
"I've heard many times over the years that there is a 'new Maradona'," explained Maradona in The Sun.
"With Messi, though, I believe the player is equal to the hype. He is an incredible talent and someone who has the unique ability to do things with a ball you don't expect.
"That's what makes him special. All great players can play the game and do things which make everyone open their eyes with admiration.
"But only the truly special can make you gasp as you didn't think what they did was even possible. That is what Messi does."
Messi's flair and creatively is there for all to see, however, Maradona believes it is his work rate and ability to do the little things that makes him stand out.
He said: "We shouldn't only talk about Messi's skill when he has the ball as his game is about much more.
"He works hard for his team when they don't have the ball and makes life difficult for opponents.
"Watch him when Barcelona don't have possession and his team-mates know they can rely on him as much as any player when it comes to pressing and defending.
"Yes he's capable of magic. But he is also a worker for the team."