Maradona hands `idol` Tevez starting place

Updated: Jun 11, 2010, 11:43 AM IST

Pretoria: Argentina coach Diego Maradona
said that Carlos Tevez will start the team`s opening World Cup
clash against Nigeria on Saturday and described the Manchester
City striker as an "idol".

"Carlitos cannot be left out of the team. He is an idol
of the people, more than me and Lionel Messi, so I read,"
Maradona told TyC Sports television.

Maradona also insisted that Barcelona star Messi, who is
key to the team`s chances in South Africa, is fit and ready to
play despite some doubts expressed in the Argentine media that
he has looked jaded in training.

"Everything is good with Messi. There are no problems,"
said Maradona.

Bureau Report