Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Maradona: It’s useless making a leader of Messi

Maradona: It’s useless making a leader of Messi

"It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game", Maradona said on Fox Sports.

"Before speaking to the coach and players he will be on the PlayStation". "But he's not a leader".

Argentina remain hopeful that an all-time great can be brought back into the fold, but Maradona believes less needs to be asked of him before a recall can be considered.

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has revealed that the Premier League champions offered to triple Lionel Messi's wages in an unsuccessful attempt to bring the Barcelona superstar to England in 2016.

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Last month he refused to say if Messi would represent his country again after he opted out of two September friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.

Diego Maradona criticised Lionel Messi in a freakish interview in Mexico.

After a disappointing World Cup in Russian Federation, where Argentina failed to get past the last 16, Messi opted to take a sabbatical from global football.

Messi has earned 128 caps for Argentina, with that tally leaving him 19 short of Javier Mascherano's record haul.

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"There's a need to take pressure off him".

The Premier League champions say there is no truth to the suggestion, which surfaced in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, that Pep Guardiola tried to persuade Messi to move to the Etihad Stadium on a deal that would have been worth more than £1 million per week.

"There's a need to take the leadership away from Messi, as we want him to be Messi, which he wouldn't be".

Regardless of the comments, it was alarming to see his own state, as it's clear that something is not right with the 57-year-old.

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"We deny the veracity of these quotes", a City spokesman said.

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