Barcelona know when captain Messi is angry - Abidal

Rex Christensen
October 21, 2018

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is reportedly planning to stage a peace meeting with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

However, Messi's top form has not fostered Barcelona the desired start to their La Liga campaign, losing several points with draws and losses to match arch-rivals Real Madrid's run, who have co-incidentally suffered the similar faith.

But Messi's family have now chose to hit back at Maradona over his recent claims.

Messi's cousin Maxi Biancucchi branded Maradona, who has battled weight problems as well as addictions to drugs and alcohol, "ignorant" over his comments.

"It's sad to see how someone who boasts of being a leader, can talk so badly about a player who's now the best we've got and will probably be so for a long time yet". "But they'd say that he was selling out his homeland for not wanting to play with the national team".

Maradona claims Messi used to vomit in the toilet before big matches due to pressure.

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It's two years since Messi last won a Ballon d'or and he is an outside candidate for the third successive year in 2018 despite leading the Cules to the La Liga crown.

He said that the 57-year-old was trying to defend rather than criticise the five time Ballon d'Or victor.

"We always say that Leo doesn't need to talk".

Messi will be well rested having sat out Argentina's matches against Iraq and Brazil over the global break.

Maradona is now managing Mexican second division side Dorados.

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