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Barcelona Had The Chance To Sign Ajax Winger As Xavi Rates Messi Above Maradona

Written By Onyeka Daniel

This season, Ajax have been in an incredible form that has seen them scoring an incredible amount of goals, coupled with a fearless approach, no matter the opponents.

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At the heart of this excellent performance is Brazilian winger, Antony, who has provided eleven goals and nine assists for the Dutch club in 27 appearances for them.


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Ajax signed his from Brazilian side, Sao Paulo in the summer of 2020 but before then, the player was on the radar of Barcelona with former club director, Eric Abidal claiming that the club passed up on the opportunity to sign him then.

He also said that they were following many players at that time and Antony, three years younger, wasn’t as consistent before his move to the Dutch club. The Brazilian has earned seven caps for the Brazilian national team and scored two goals.

He was part of the team that won gold at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last summer. Antony’s form this season has earned him interest from several of the European clubs for this coming summer transfer window, most notably Paris Saint-Germain and also Manchester City and he could become available for a fee of about €40 million.

Ajax on their part are known to be a selling club and they can go and unearth another talent should they sell their current stars.

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Barcelona are preparing to face Italian side, Napoli at the Diego Amando Maradona stadium, which was renamed after the Argentine following his death. Maradona, who played for both Barcelona and Napoli but is more popular in Naples is usually regarded as one of the greatest players of all times.

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But Barcelona coach doesn’t agree as he sees his former teammate, Lionel Messi as the greatest player of all time. Speaking ahead of their clash, the Spaniard had these to say;

“It’s my first time here,” he said. “It’s an honour to be here. “Maradona is one of the best in history. For me, the first is Messi and second is Maradona. “Many people came to football through him.”

The Blaugrana would be hoping to progress to the next round of the competition ahead of their opponent after the first leg ended in a stalemate at the Camp Nou stadium a week before.

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