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Argentina Legend Diego Maradona has questioned Barcelona Star Lionel Messi’s leadership skills.

Maradona is currently Coach of Mexican second division club Dorados.

The football legend took charge of Messi and Argentina at the 2010 World Cup In South Africa.

At the 2018 World Cup, Argentina were beaten 4-3 by France in the Last 16 in Kazan.

Maradona had to be taken to hospital after watching his country beat Nigeria to secure qualification to the knockout round.

The 57-year-old has now slammed Messi after criticising the Argentina national team’s recent poor performances.

Maradona has suggested that Messi’s behavior before a match do not make him a worthy candidate for any kind of leadership role.

“He does ask for it on the pitch, but before speaking to team-mates he’ll go and play the Playstation,” Maradona told Mexican programme ‘La Ultima Palabra’.

“For me it’s difficult to talk, but it’s pointless wanting to make a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a match into the leader.”

“Messi is Messi atBarcelonaand Messi is Messi with Argentina,” Maradona added.

“I wouldn’t call up Messi, but never say never.

“There’s a need to take pressure off him.

“There’s a need to take the leadership away from Messi, as we want him to be Messi, which he wouldn’t be.”


Lionel Messi- 65 goals

Gabriel Batistuta- 45 goals

Sergio Aguero- 39 goals

Hernan Crespo- 35 goals

Diego Maradona – 34 goals

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