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Argentina legend Maradona blasts compatriot Lionel Messi's leadership

Argentina legend Maradona blasts compatriot Lionel Messi's leadership

Argentina great Diego Maradona has hit out at his countryman Lionel Messi, saying the forward is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considered a footballing God.

Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi as "not a leader" in a freaky interview in Mexico. "Before speaking to the coach, he'll play PlayStation and then on the field, he asks to be and wants to be the leader", said Maradona, who was, quite frankly, talking in a suspicious state of mind.

Lionel Messi rejected an incredible offer to join Manchester City, the Premier League champions' chairman has revealed.

"He is the best in the world along with Cristiano [Ronaldo]", Maradona said.

Messi is now taking a break from the national team, and Maradona thinks it was probably the right decision to give the superstar some rest.

"It's useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

Manchester City have refuted claims that they offered to triple Lionel Messi's salary in a bid to sign the Argentina worldwide from Barcelona.

Maradona, who is in Mexico coaching second-division Sinaloa, said that if he was Argentina coach he would "not call on Messi" before adding "never say never".

Argentina are unbeaten in three games since their disappointing World Cup campaign, beating Iraq 4-0 on Thursday in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

Barcelona have reportedly started to plan a new contract for forward Lionel Messi.

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.

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.

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