Maradona: It’s useless making a leader of Messi

Maradona: It’s useless making a leader of Messi

Maradona: It’s useless making a leader of Messi

"Messi's a great player, but he's not a leader", Maradona said to La Ultima Palabra Mexico on Fox Sports. "It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game".

"Before speaking to the coach and players he will be on the PlayStation".

The 1986 World Cup victor went on to criticise Messi's leadership on and off the field, implying that he suffered from extreme nerves before big games and had to visit the toilet frequently.

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said the football world is witnessing an era of "two phenomena", with the exploits of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. "But he's not a leader".

Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in 1986, said Messi, who was again unable to emulate that feat in Russian Federation this summer was expected to be "the saviour of the fatherland".

"Let's stop making a god out of Messi".

Diego Maradona didn't hold back on Argentine compatriot Lionel Messi, saying he is not leadership material.

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I wouldn't call him up right now. "We have to take the pressure off him", Maradona, 57, said from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where he coaches second-tier side Dorados.

Messi has always been criticised for failing to reproduce his Barcelona form when he's on worldwide duty and hasn't played for Argentina since they exited the 2018 World Cup.

Interestingly, since Argentina's exit at the Mundial, Messi has blacked out Argentina games so far and no words yet when he return to action for the Albiceleste again.

The comments are sure to hurt Messi, but when he takes one glance at his trophy cabinet we'll sure he'll forget Maradona's unexpected outburst in no time.

Meanwhile, previously had reported that Barcelona captain and playmaker Lionel Messi rejected a massive triple wage increase to dump dump Nou Camp for the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola later told reporters that his Brescia and Roma days made him feel at home in Italy, which is why a longer stay than just a weekend appeals to him.

But City responded by insisting there was no truth to the report.

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