Barcelona plan new deal for Lionel Messi?

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2018

Seeming to acquire his information from an internal source, Maradona has criticised the behaviour of Messi, particularly in relation to his actions in a pre-game environment.

That comment was believed to refer to Messi's extreme nerves before games, which have seen him vomit ahead of some important matches. However, Maradona isn't convinced such a role suits the Barcelona man.

"For me it's hard to talk, but it's pointless wanting to make a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a match into the leader". "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".

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

This time previous 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.

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That being said, many assume that Messi's involvement has tended to manifest itself in Argentina over-performing - and is not in fact indicative of these failures.

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

Don't worship Messi anymore.

Argentina great Diego Maradona has hit out at his countryman Lionel Messi, saying the forward is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considered a footballing God.

Barcelona eggheads are now considering a new long-term extension that will keep Messi at Nou Camp until he turns 36 in 2022 or 2023. "You say to Messi to 'throw yourself in head first, ' but he prefers to player video games".

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