Lionel Messi's family brand Diego Maradona 'ignorant' after Argentina legend's extraordinary attack

Dorados de Sinaloa has high expectations now with coach Diego Maradona on the bench. "You say to Messi to "throw yourself in head first" but he prefers to play videogames".

"We asked Guardiola to talk to [Messi]", Al Mubarak told a news conference in the United Arab Emirates, having identified the Barca star as the one player he wished he had signed.

Diego Maradona didn't hold back on Argentine compatriot Lionel Messi, saying he is not leadership material.

Maradona, who managed Messi and Argentina between 2008 and 2010, said: 'There's no two ways around it. Let's stop making a God out of Messi. He's the best in the world with Cristiano [Ronaldo].

Messi is now taking a break from the national team, and Maradona thinks it was probably the right decision to give the superstar some rest.

Diego Maradona lampooned Lionel Messi for using "the bathroom 20 times before a game" and suggested the Argentina star stay in the worldwide wilderness.

Messi has not figured for his country since suffering a last-16 exit in his latest showing on a World Cup stage.

'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.

Lionel Messi "is not a leader", Maradona said in an interview to Fox Sports, adding, "It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

As a Coach, I take on the Italian teams and say: 'Wow, they really made us suffer.' Perhaps we learned some lessons from that in Spain.

In Pep Guardiola's time at Barcelona, he was fortunate to oversee one of those groups who, in no small part thanks to him, conquered the world.

Guardiola defined Messi as "a competitive animal, fierce" and said that he "hates losing", all of which were key components to his success at Barcelona.

The Albiceleste legend Maradona also "attacked" Messi for throwing up, due to tension ahead of important games, stressing the need to do away with the Barcelona playmaker. If he is not, we should try and play as a team and be hard to beat'.

  • Angelo Rivera