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Jackie Stewart: Is Lionel Messi better than Stan Matthews?
Sir Jackie Stewart is a Stan Matthews fan. Of course he is.
And he mentions the Stoke, Blackpool and England legend in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Pele as he discusses the greatest footballer of all time… after being asked who is the greatest racing driver of all time.
He said: “I am not trying to diminish Lewis Hamilton and I hold his performances with incredible respect. He is the best driver of the present time.
“I am not knocking him down and I am disappointed he thinks that way. What do I have to gain from that? I am 81 years of age.
“I was asked what did I think about Lewis becoming the most winning driver of all time and if that made him the greatest there has been.
“I said it is very difficult to say that. The greatest I believe there has been is Juan Manuel Fangio, followed by Jim Clark. But even then, is it correct to say someone is the best?
“Is Lionel Messi better than Pele or Sir Stanley Matthews, who was the greatest of all time when I was a child? Is Roger Federer better than Rod Laver?
“They are different eras. You can say Lewis is the best of his time and that is not in any way demeaning towards him. He is doing one hell of a job, and he is his own man, which is different to Niki Lauda, different to Jackie Stewart, different to Jim Clark and different to Graham Hill.”
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