Diego Maradona slams Lionel Messi in freaky rant

Lionel Messi Argentina 2018

Lionel Messi Argentina 2018

After Argentina endured a hard World Cup campaign in Russia, Diego Maradona has once again taken the opportunity to question the credentials of Lionel Messi.

"We shouldn't deify Messi any longer", he told Fox Sports.

Speaking at a media conference in the United Arab Emirates, Khaldoon al Mubarak confirmed that City made a serious play to sign the Argentine prior to him signing his latest contract extension at Barcelona.

He said that the Barcelona forward "goes to the toilet 20 times a game".

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

The former World Cup victor took charge of Lionel Messi and Argentina at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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Messi reportedly earns over £100million a year as a Barcelona player and is the best paid footballer in the world. Messi at Barcelona is one thing and with Argentina he is another one.

"He's a great player but he's not a leader".

The former Argentina legend, now managing Dorados de Sinaloa from Mexico's second tier, took some time to chat with LUP's pundits on the current state of Argentina and its main star.

"I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never". "We have to take the pressure off him". "I gave my vote to Claudio Tapia [AFA president], who knows nothing of football, but he betrayed me because he hired Jorge Sampaoli, who is not good enough for Argentina".

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

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