Andres Iniesta’s performances at the World Cup impressed Diego Maradona, who says he plays like he is dressed for a night out.
The Argentina legend has described Andres Iniesta as playing “with a tailcoat, wearing a suit”, but stands by his assessment that Sergio Ramos is not a star player.
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Spain looked far from convincing as they qualified through Group B – perhaps unsurprising given coach Julen Lopetegui was dismissed on the eve of the tournament – to set up a last-16 clash with hosts Russia on Sunday
But Iniesta – who joined Japanese club Vissel Kobe in May after a nearly two decades with Barcelona – was at his imperious best against Portugal, Iran and Morocco, leaving Argentina icon Maradona to purr over his seemingly effortless brilliance.
“Iniesta is a total star,” he told Marca.
“He plays with a tailcoat, wearing a suit, with dress shoes and has no problems.”
“If Sergio Ramos wants, I apologise, but I will not change my purely football thinking,” he added.
“He is a great player, he is a great captain, he can become a good leader, as we see in Real Madrid, but not a star player.