Maradona lashes out at Messi in greatest player debate

Rex Christensen
October 13, 2018

Messi is just another player for Argentina.

Argentina legend, Diego Maradona has said that Lionel Messi will never be a leader.

In a questionable state during an interview with Fox Sports Mexico's "La Ultima Palabra", Diego Armando Maradona heavily criticized Lionel Messi as well as giving other freaky comments, which at times seemed worrying. "He's Messi when he plays for Barcelona".

The 31-year-old linked up with Barcelona in 2001, and has gone to become one of the greatest players in the history of football with 563 goals being scored in 648 appearances in all competitions. Messi at Barcelona is one thing and with Argentina he is another one'.

"Messi is a great player but he goesn't get it". "It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone that goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

"We have to take the leadership away from Messi for him to be the Messi we want him to be".

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Despite being Argentina's all-time top scorer with 65 goals, Messi has often been criticised for his performances on the worldwide stage.

After another disappointing tournament in Russian Federation this year, where Argentina failed to get past the last 16, Messi opted to take a sabbatical from global football.

Maradona, speaking from the Mexican state of Sinaloa where he coaches local second-tier side Dorados, said Messi's break was sensible.

'I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never. "We have to take the pressure off him", he said.

Messi wasn't involved as Argentina thrashed Iraq 4-0 on Thursday, with Lautaro Martinez, Roberto Pereyra, German Pezzella and Franco Cervi all on target.

A sterner test awaits on Tuesday, when they face Brazil in Saudi Arabia without Messi.

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