Maradona: It’s useless making a leader of Messi

Lionel Messi Barcelona 2018-19

Dorados de Sinaloa has high expectations now with coach Diego Maradona on the bench.

"He does ask for it on the pitch, but before speaking to teammates he'll go and play the Playstation", Maradona was quoted on the programme early last week.

Messi's family has now replied to Maradona's comments on the Barcelona forward, with the star's cousin Maxi Biancucchi branding Maradona "ignorant".

Maradona, who along with Brazil's Pele is widely held to be one of the best players of all time, said Messi was one player at his club Barcelona and another with the national side.

Maradona and Messi worked together during the former's ill-fated stint as coach of the Argentine national team between 2008 and 2010.

"I wouldn't call Messi but never say never.you have to take the pressure off him in order to get the leader we want Messi to be, that he will not be".

"He's Messi when he plays for Barcelona".

Messi is just another player for Argentina.

Lionel Messi "is not a leader", Maradona said in an interview to Fox Sports, adding, "It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

"I don't know if we're prepared and we don't have the history behind us to say if we are up to the mark".

Messi has not figured for his country since suffering a last-16 exit in his latest showing on a World Cup stage.

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. If he is not, we should try and play as a team and be hard to beat'.

The 31-year-old Messi has enjoyed a glittering club career with Barcelona, winning nine La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and claiming the Fifa World Player of the Year award five times.

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