Maradona claims Messi ‘goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game’

Paulo Dybala Argentina

Argentina legend Diego Maradona on Sunday lashed out at compatriot Lionel Messi, saying the Barcelona star is not a leader on the pitch for Argentina and should not be considered a football god.

Messi has always been criticised for failing to reproduce his Barcelona form when he's on global duty and hasn't played for Argentina since they exited the 2018 World Cup.

Maradona and Messi worked together during the former's ill-fated stint as coach of the Argentine national team between 2008 and 2010.

His astonishing attack was made during an interview on Fox Sports.

"I'd make him play as I want". The Catalan coach also spoke about his time at Barcelona, where he was coach between 2008 and 2012, saying his success at Camp Nou was the result of the flawless connection between the players, the club and the coach "that only happens once in a lifetime". "We have to take the pressure off him".

Maradona believes Messi is the wrong choice for Argentina as, while he is unquestionably their best player, he lacks the personal skills required to inspire those around him.

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"I was totally out of shape at the start of the season, I remembered that lesson this summer - four weeks after the World Cup I was back in training at Chelsea ".

"And he's done it at a time when he should be helping to rebuild if he loves the national side as he says he does". "I'd call him up and play him how I know Messi plays".

Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi as "not a leader" in a freakish interview in Mexico.

His comments were picked up by the cameras and microphones in place for the event.

Messi looked incredibly stressed throughout the World Cup in Russian Federation, where Argentina were eliminated by eventual winners France in the round of 16.

Inexperienced Lionel Scaloni has been appointed caretaker manager. "Ronaldo is more of a centre-forward while Messi is more organised", he added.

Ahead of the friendly match against Brazil on Tuesday, Paulo DYBALA spoke to ESPN and gave his thoughts on Argentina and Lionel MESSI.

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