Maradona lashes out at Messi in greatest player debate

Ross Houston
October 14, 2018

"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.

And though the Albiceleste legend acknowledges that the Barcelona superstar is one of the best players in the world, he feels Messi doesn't have the right personality to captain his country.

"He is the best in the world along with Cristiano [Ronaldo]", Maradona said, adding, "But he's not a leader".

FC Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 10, 2018.

Meanwhile, previously had reported Manchester United Legend David Beckham is targeting Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi ahead of Inter Miami's official campaign in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2020. "It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone that goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

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

This time past year Messi scored a hat-trick as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1 in a must win game to see them qualify for Russian Federation 2018.

Officially, Messi last renewed with Barça on 25 November 2017, extending his contract until June 2021. "We have to take the pressure off him". "You say to Messi to "throw yourself in head first" but he prefers to play videogames".

'It's sad to see how someone who boasts of being a leader can talk so badly about a player who's now the best we've got and will probably be so for a long time yet.

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