Lionel Messi: Argentina legend Diego Maradona launches ASTONISHING attack on Barcelona ace

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi

"Messi is Messi at Barcelona and Messi is Messi with Argentina".

The former World Cup victor took charge of Lionel Messi and Argentina at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. "It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone that goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

Messi reportedly earns over £100million a year as a Barcelona player and is the best paid footballer in the world.

Speaking at a media conference in the United Arab Emirates, Khaldoon al Mubarak confirmed that City made a serious play to sign the Argentine prior to him signing his latest contract extension at Barcelona.

Seen as one of the leaders in the Argentina camp, Messi captained his country to their second-round exit at the summer tournament.

A beaten finalist in the 2014 World Cup final with Argentina, Messi's worldwide career has also seen the nation lose three Copa America finals.

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Barcelona have reportedly started to plan a new contract for forward Lionel Messi.

Messi has been on the losing side in all four of his finals with Argentina - three in the Copa America and at the 2014 World Cup - and has not scored in four World Cup knockout stages.

Messi has not appeared for the national team since the last-16 loss to eventual champions France at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"There's a need to take the leadership away from Messi, as we want him to be Messi, which he wouldn't be".

"I wouldn't call up Messi, but never say never".

A sterner test will take place on Tuesday when they face Brazil in Saudi Arabia - without Messi.

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