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Maradona: Messi visits toilet too often to make good captain

Argentina football legend, Diego Maradona, has publicly slammed countryman and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for his tendency of visiting the toilets too often before a match.

In an interview on TV programme ‘The Last Word Mexico’, Maradona, who was Argentina’s World Cup winning captain of 1986, also criticized Messi’s leadership skills saying he is not a born leader.

“Messi is a great player but he doesn’t get it. He is the best in the world along with Cristiano (Ronaldo) but it’s useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the toilets 20 times before a game. Don’t worship Messi anymore. Messi at Barcelona is one thing and with Argentina he is another,” said Maradona.


In the past Maradona has been quick to defend the Barcelona captain over his perceived failure to reproduce his magnificent club form when he plays for his national team.

Maradona, who coached Argentina and Messi at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, also said were he the present coach he wouldn’t pick Messi for national team duty.

Maradona, who is 57 years old, scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina over a 17-year period, while Messi currently holds Argetina’s all-time leading goal scorer’s title with 65 goals.