Argentina icon Diego Maradona claims Lionel Messi is not a leader. “It’s useless to make one out of a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game.”
Messi appeared to struggle with the burden of being Argentina’s captain and main man at the 2018 World Cup and has not played for his country since.
“Messi’s a great player, but he’s not a leader,” Maradona said of the Barcelona superstar to La Ultima Palabra Mexico.
“Before talking to the Coach and players, he’ll play on the PlayStation. Then, on the field, he wants to be the leader. He’s the best in the world with Cristiano [Ronaldo].
“For me, it’s difficult to say it but it’s useless to make a leader out of a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game.
“There’s no two ways about it. Let’s stop making a God out of Messi. Messi is just another player for Argentina.
“I wouldn’t call him up right now, but never say never. We have to take the pressure off him.
“We have to take the leadership away from Messi for him to be the Messi we want him to be.
“I’d make him play as I want. I’d call him up and play him how I know Messi plays.”