You mean since Diego go done for cocaine charges, banned and never played again for them? It's not true that he "made them" a good team, they already were a good team when he joined them. Napoli had done well in the preceeding years and invested in a good squad - although his performances were what drove them on to a higher level it's true. However, If he was so magical that he could turn up and win you a league, why couldn't he do it at Barça too? It sounds like you weren't even around in the 80s and you've just looked all this up on Youtube and Wikipedia. It's not that Messi is definitely better than Maradona or vice versa, it's the idea that comparisons are "laughable". No they aren't. Messi played five seasons of incredible football to a high level that Maradona never managed to do week-in, week-out, he scored so many goals that it was outrageous, he won best player in the world 4 times, he was the inspiration for 2 European Cup victories (Maradona never managed that). I can remember Maradona and maybe, but only maybe, he did have a touch more raw talent than Messi, but it's a very close run thing indeed. In 2006, I lived in Barcelona and the buzz around the city was that Messi was going to be "better than Ronaldinho and better than Maradona". Everyone was talking about him as a one-off talent. He was being compared to Maradona from day one. Within a few months he was slaloming his way through opposition teams single-handed without any help from Xavi and Iniesta much of the time. It's posturing to say that they aren't peers. You know who'd disagree with you don't you? Diego Maradona.