Argentina legend Maradona blasts compatriot Lionel Messi's leadership

BARCELONA          Messi's contract includes a clause which would let him leave Barça in 2020


GORKA LEIZA
DIARIO AS

BARCELONA Messi's contract includes a clause which would let him leave Barça in 2020 GORKA LEIZA DIARIO AS

Messi at Barcelona is one thing and another with Argentina.

This comes amid revelations that Messi turned down Manchester City's offer to "triple the salary he has at Barcelona".

Asked about the one player City would have loved to have signed, Al Mubarak replied: "Messi".

"Messi is a great player but he goesn't get it".

That comment was believed to refer to Messi's extreme nerves before games, which have seen him vomit ahead of some important matches. "It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game".

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

"If I have to decide for my team I will choose Messi over Ronaldo, three-time FIFA World Cup champion Pele said".

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However, he has failed to add to his trophy haul or produce his best form in national colours, losing four finals - three in the Copa America and the 2014 World Cup final against Germany.

The 31-year-old Argentina worldwide has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Etihad since Pep Guardiola was appointed manager in the summer of 2016. Lionel Messi "is not a leader", Diego Maradona said of the current Argentina talisman in an interview in Mexico.

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

"We have to take the leadership away from Messi for him to be the Messi we want him to be".

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.

Argentina are unbeaten in three friendlies since Russian Federation 2018, while Messi has netted 11 goals in as many competitive club appearances this season.

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

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