"I believe he is in the pantheon of the greats. But he's been there for a while."
-- Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella
after Lionel Messi
was named the winner of the adidas Golden Ball as the best player at the World Cup but could not lead the Albiceleste to the title, raising the
inevitable comparison to Argentina's all-time great, Diego Maradona
, who won the 1986 World Cup. (Wall Street Journal)