Maradona lashes out at Messi in greatest player debate

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi

Maradona is now currently managing Mexican second division side Dorados.

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.

The World Cup victor was speaking about the Argentina national team and discussed the No.10, suggesting that Messi's pre-match behaviour should rule him out of a leadership role.

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

Messi scored just one goal and has captained his country since 2011, but Maradona is not happy with the Barca talisman.

"I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never", he said.

Messi's current deal at the Nou Camp runs out in 2021 at the age of 33 and might not be keen to move to another European club as well as returning to Argentina after his recent experiences with the Albiceleste. "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. "We have to take the pressure off him".

"We asked Guardiola to talk to him", he added.

He also criticised Jorge Sampaoli and admitted he would like to coach the national team of Mexico, where he is now working.

The Messi outburst was a different narrative to the one he took when Maradona praised the Barcelona star at the start of this week.

Messi, 31, has claimed every possible honour with Barcelona and has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award five times. "I thought he was a leader", he told Infobae.

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