Maradona: If Koulibaly were white he would be at Real Madrid

Former Napoli star Diego Maradona has heaped praise on defender Kalidou Koulibaly, while giving a curious reason as to why he has not attracted attention elsewhere.

The Senegalese centre-back has been a rock in the middle of Napoli’s defence this season, as the club pushed Juventus hard for the Serie A title.

Juve on Monday prevailed for their fifth straight Scudetto, but Maradona nevertheless admitted he was impressed.

“He is phenomenal, the best defender in Serie A. There is a lot of racism around him,” the Argentine told Piuenne.

“If he was white, he’d be playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona!”

Maradona also extended his congratulations to the Bianconeri for taking the title, but he could not resist a barb or two over refereeing in Italy.

“Juventus deserve this Scudetto, as they had such a long run of results without dropping points,” he said.

“I also have to say, in all honesty, they were extremely lucky! Even in my day they’d have two shots on target and score four goals. I’m not whining, I’m just saying the truth that all of Italy knows.

“The real difference is on the bench. Today Maurizio Sarri looked at the bench and did not have as many alternatives as Max Allegri.

“Juventus have phenomenal players, but also the Italian referees! It’s nothing new, the Juve players are always right. [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis ought to make himself respected, the way other Napoli directors did in the past.

“Fiorentina’s disallowed goal yesterday was scandalous…”

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