Despite making the playmaker captain during his stint as Argentina coach, Maradona has insisted that it is useless to make Playstation playing Messi the leader suggesting Messi prefers to go the bathroom 20 times before a game.
While Lionel Messi is on a self-imposed international exile after falling out in the Round of 16 to France with Argentina at the just concluded World Cup, Argentina’s legendary and controversial Diego Maradona has chosen to attack the Barcelona player
“Messi is a great player, but he’s not a leader,” Maradona told Fox Sports Mexico.
“Before speaking to the coach and players he will be on the PlayStation. Then, on the field, he wants to be the leader.
“It’s useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game.
“Let’s stop making a god out of Messi. Messi at Barcelona is one thing and another with Argentina. I wouldn’t call him up, but never say never.
“He is the best in the world along with Cristiano [Ronaldo].
“You have to take the leadership away for him to be the Messi we want him to be.”
New caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni remains hopeful that the Barcelona skipper who has scored 11 goals this season will return back to the team.