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Maradona Slams Messi

You can criticize his political leanings or the way he lived his life.  Yet when it comes to telling the truth he never backs down. Diego Maradona will compliment you the same way he will criticize you.

At the same time he has also been able to be yet just another person piling on in Argentina on the national team’s recent streak of underachievement. In 2005, Maradona invited Lionel Messi to his television show and declared him right there as his successor. Now he goes out on the offensive talking about the one weakness in Messi’s game.

“Lio plays for Lio,” said El Diego in an interview with Fox Sports. “He forgets his teammates. He’s Deportivo Messi.”

Maradona criticized Messi’s game as he mentioned that he does not play together with Riquelme and Agüero. “I do hope that Messi ends up being greater than me because it would be good for all Argentines. You do not win by abundence you win by attacking,” said Maradona. The former Barcelona star now “annointed” Atlético star Sergio Agüero as the new heir appaarent. How ironic to do that now that he is the father of his grandchild. Maradona also mentioned that the most important player on the Argentine sideright now is Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Messi arrived in Barcelona on Thursday night and will be questionable for Barcelona’s home opener against Racing on Saturday as they look to recover from their opening game loss to Numancia on the road. Argentina is currently in third place in the CONMEBOL qualifier standings, despite going winless in their last five matches andhave earned only four out of a possible 15 during this stage.

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  1. ReaLity

    August 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    HAHA, if ever there was a case of the pot calling the kettle black!

    Maradona was the greatest hog I have ever seen. Nothing against him, he was that good he could win games on his own. But he often ignored his teammates.

    Not once when I have seen Messi have I thought he was a hog or not a team player. For Maradona to say this is a disgrace.

    The main reason Argentina are going so bad is because he is not a great coach. What type of coach tries to cause rifts between their top players with ridiculous comments like that?

  2. rob

    September 14, 2008 at 9:08 am

    bing co…we should want Aguero to ignore Maradona and play well with Messi….

    Why would you want to not give the ball to Messi…they are best friends don't forget

  3. simonharris

    September 13, 2008 at 1:26 am

    I think Maradonna, despite his footballing brilliance, often talks a lot of rubbish. Furthermore, Kun Agüero has recently become his son-in-law, so obviously when he criticises Messi, he's expressing his own bias.

  4. bing co

    September 13, 2008 at 12:48 am

    I do not agree with Maradona about Messi. In fact, during the olympics, Messi created the decisive goals in the most important games. During the Argentina vs Paraguay game, it was again Messi who created the goal for Aguero. I suspect that Maradona wants Aguero to surpass Messi. I think he is creating a competition between Messi and Aguero which will not be good for Argentina football. If I were Messi I would not anymore create a goal for Aguero.

    I think maradona should instead criticize Riquelme who has been playing very poorly even during the olympics. I think it is now time for Argentina to look for a replacement for Riquelme.

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