Maradona lashes out at Messi in greatest player debate

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2018

Maradona, speaking from the Mexican state of Sinaloa where he coaches local second-tier side Dorados, said Messi's break was sensible.

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.

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

City have done well under Guardiola's guidance without Messi, winning the Premier League last season.

"He's a great player but he's not a leader".

The reference was believed to be in connection with Messi's extreme nerves before games that have seen him vomit ahead of some important matches. "It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone that goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

Goal understands that City had held a long-term interest in signing Messi, although the new deal he signed with Barca in November 2017 put paid to their hopes of luring him to England.

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.

The former Argentina legend, now managing Dorados de Sinaloa from Mexico's second tier, took some time to chat with LUP's pundits on the current state of Argentina and its main star.

After Argentina endured a hard World Cup campaign in Russia, Diego Maradona has once again taken the opportunity to question the credentials of Lionel Messi.

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

"Then, on the field, he wants to be the leader".

A sterner test awaits on Tuesday, when they face Brazil in Saudi Arabia without Messi.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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