Look he is the strongest in the sand village... Who dafuq is his competition there no one lol
As far as strong defenses go... Water and Lightning makes Gaara sand basically useless Fire should too but thats another story.... No matter what terrain he is on if Gaara is against a good water or lightning user he is screwed point blank period
Gaara is quite powerful, I mean, he is a Kage but he is the weakest Kage. His sand is not the ultimate defense as you just need enough speed or force to bypass it. Also, his attacks are mostly limited to long range. What if a Hyuuga shows up in his face, hmm?
"If that's true — if you don't know who I am — then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly."
Re: Gaara is not that strong.
How much has Gaara improved since the original series? Not much. Naruto beat him + the Shukaku back then, and Gaara has since lost that power. I think he appears stronger than he is because he lasts a long time in fights, due to his great defense. But is offense is lacking.
What you're missing is Gaara being Naruto's age with alot of room to grow. The fact that he's a kage already means his power will only grow with age/experience. You match him up against older people who already had that time to grow and he isn't that much weaker but give him the same amount of time to improve and he'll be alot stronger. Maybe enough to be a match for Nagato/Madara.
People overrate Madara due to Edo-Tensei+Hashirama DNA anyway.
Everyone is forgetting that Gaara is still very young. He doesnt have a lot of experience but can still hold his own when he was fighting with the Kages against Madara. There is a lot of room fro growth if he survives this war. If he became a gennin to Kage in just 3-4 years, then we dont how far he would improve when he is older.
In my opinion, Gaara isn't quite as powerful as the other Kage because he is not as experienced as Onoki, who has fought Madara in the past, or Tsunade, who fought in the Second Shinobi World War. However, I doubt that the other Kage were as strong as he is right now when they were at his age and I think he will surpass them.