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Maradona wades in on GOAT debate

Maradona wades in on GOAT debate"Messi is not a God not a leader

Messi captained Argentina during their disappointing World Cup campaign in Russian Federation but hasn't been called up for worldwide duty since.

FC Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 10, 2018.

He also criticised Jorge Sampaoli and admitted he would like to coach the national team of Mexico, where he is now working.

"Messi is a great player but he goesn't get it".

"Before talking to the coach and players, he'll play on the PlayStation".

"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".

Maradona, who along with Pele is widely considered to be one of the best players of all time, said Messi was one player at his club Barcelona and another with the national side.

"He is the best in the world along with Cristiano [Ronaldo]".

"Let's stop making a god out of Messi".

Messi, 31, has claimed every possible honour with Barcelona and has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award five times.

"We asked Guardiola to talk to him", he added.

"We have to take the leadership away from Messi for him to be the Messi we want him to be. I'd call him up and play him how I know Messi plays".