Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Diego Maradona Says Lionel Messi Is Not A Leader For Argentina

Diego Maradona Says Lionel Messi Is Not A Leader For Argentina

The disagreement between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi seems to be continuing after a member of Messi's family replied the Albiceleste legend recent remarks about the Barcelona playmaker.

While appearing on "The Last Word Mexico" television programme, Maradona launched into a tirade against the Barcelona man and slammed his leadership skills.

"We shouldn't deify Messi any longer", Maradona said in an interview with Fox Sports.

However, Messi's cousin, Maxi Biancucchi have had enough of Maradona's jibe and made a decision to respond to his latest comments.

Maradona, who along with Pele is widely considered 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.

But the five-time world's best player snubbed the advances by City to sign an extension at the catalan outfit.

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 worldwide football.

The 31-year-old Barcelona striker has not played for Argentina in three low-key friendlies since they were knocked out by France in the first knock-out round at the FIFA World Cup 2018. I don't know if we are ready. "We have to take the pressure off him".

Messi looked incredibly stressed throughout the World Cup in Russian Federation, where Argentina were eliminated by eventual winners France in the round of 16. "Messi at Barcelona is one thing and with Argentina he is another one".

"I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never". He added: "The two times we won the Champions League, we did so with seven players from the academy, like Xavi, Iniesta, Valdes, who joined Barça aged seven or eight".

Maradona's comments have been met with a mixed reaction in Argentina, where Messi is mostly idolized.

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