Diego Maradona slams Lionel Messi in freakish rant

Kristopher Nichols
October 14, 2018

Maradona was not among the guests at Messi's June 30 2017 wedding to childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in their home city of Rosario.

Lionel Messi is the forbidden fruit for every club in the world it would appear, with a manager he knows and respects, and the offer of three times his salary, not enough to take him from FC Barcelona to Manchester City.

"He is the best in the world along with Cristiano (Ronaldo)", Maradona said.

After Argentina bowed out in the last 16 to France in this year's World Cup in Russia, Messi chose to take a break from global football, a decision which Maradona supports.

'Before talking to the coach and players, he'll play on the PlayStation.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona seems to be on the receiving end a backlash from some football fans after he openly mocked Lionel Messi.

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Messi has been on the losing side in all four of his finals with Argentina - three in the Copa America and at the 2014 World Cup - and has not scored in four World Cup knockout stages.

"It's useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game". According to Maradona, Messi "is not a leader" on the filed for Argentina and he should not be considered a football god.

However, Messi has not officially retired from the national team.

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". "You say to Messi to "throw yourself in head first" but he prefers to play videogames".

The five-time Ballon d'Or signed a contract extension until 2021 with the Blaugrana last year but Mundo Deportivo say the club want to tie their all-time record goalscorer to another new deal until 2022, with the option of an extra year if all parties agree to it.

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