Lionel Messi salary would've been tripled at Man City

Lionel Messi salary would've been tripled at Man City

Lionel Messi salary would've been tripled at Man City

In an extraordinary interview with Fox Sports, Maradona - who along with Brazil's Pele is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time -suggested Messi was a different player with his club than he was with the national side.

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

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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.

Though he's scored 11 goals in as many games for Barcelona this season, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has made himself unavailable for selection for the time-being and Maradona believes there needs to be less pressure on him before he's back in the fold.

Messi has always been criticised for failing to reproduce his Barcelona form when he's on global duty and hasn't played for Argentina since they exited the 2018 World Cup.

Now aged 31, it seems likely Messi will remain with the La Liga champions for the rest of his playing days, despite rumours that he is being eyed by David Beckham's Miami-based Major League Soccer team.

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"He does ask for it on the pitch, but before speaking to teammates he'll go and play the Playstation", Maradona was quoted on the programme early last week.

The things that he is willing to talk about extend from politics to the universe and yes, even football, such as his comments about Lionel Messi this week.

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

"I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never", he said.

Maradona further said that Barcelona ace is the best in the world along with Juventus striker Cristian Ronaldo, but Messi is not a leader.

Messi's most-recent masterclass was in a 4-2 Champions League win against Tottenham, where the Barcelona forward scored twice, hit the post twice and offered up an assist in a man-of-the-match performance.

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