​Barcelona star, Gerard Pique has opened up on his fellow team-mate, Lionel Messi - hailing the Argentinian while also claiming that he would pick the six-time Ballon d'Or winner over Argentina and ​Napoli legend, Diego Maradona.

Maradona continues to remain a God-like figure at Naples as he led them to their only Serie A title during his time there, with many even dedicating shrines to him and he remains an extremely popular figure.

With the Catalan giants set to face Napoli at Naples in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League on Tuesday, Pique was asked on the two and had a clear preference due to one reason.

“Everything has already been said about Maradona, he is a unique player who has given a lot to the sport. He went to Barcelona and also to Napoli. He will be remembered forever. If, however, you ask me for a comparison between Maradona and Leo, I choose the consistency of Messi, considering his magic for so many years," he said as per ​Mirror.

“I haven’t talked to Leo about playing in the San Paolo. He will surely be happy to play in a new stadium for him and for his history. The most important thing however, is to leave here with a good result.”

After this statement, it will be interesting to see the welcome he gets from the home fans during the game.