Brazil would not have beaten Spain on neutral ground: Diego Maradona

Updated: Jul 02, 2013, 13:58 PM IST

Jakarta: Argentina legend Diego Maradona believes that Spain would not have lost the Confederations Cup final against Brazil had the game been played at a neutral venue.

The European and world champions were comfortably beaten 3-0 at the Maracana following a double from Fred either side of a Neymar strike and the 52-year-old feels the hostile environment affected Vicente del Bosque`s men.

"Spain were unlucky that the tournament was being played in Brazil. They looked promising. Brazil wouldn`t have beaten them had the game been played on neutral ground," he told reporters on a visit to Indonesia.

The Napoli icon then went on to praise Lionel Messi and stressed that the Barcelona star is still a cut above Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Messi remains the best in the world. He is still a better player than Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo."

Maradona also had his say on the 2014 World Cup and he is hopeful that Argentina can emerge victorious in Brazil.

"Next year`s World Cup belongs to South Americans. I hope Argentina will be crowned champions," he added.