'Let's stop making a god out of Lionel Messi'

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Diego Maradona has hit out at compatriot Lionel Messi, saying the forward is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considered a footballing god.

"We shouldn't deify Messi any longer", Maradona told Fox Sports. You say to Messi to "throw yourself in head first" but he prefers to play video games.

However, Messi's cousin, Maxi Biancucchi have had enough of Maradona's jibe and made a decision to respond to his latest comments. He's the best in the world with Cristiano [Ronaldo].

After Argentina bowed out in the last 16 to France in this year's World Cup in Russia, Messi chose to take a break from worldwide football, a decision which Maradona supports.

"You have to take the pressure off him in order to get the leader we want Messi to be, that he will not be".

Manchester City have rubbished claims they made a failed bid to sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.

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"For me, it's hard to say it but it's useless to make a leader out of a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

"I come to Italy often, when I can, because I love this country", he said.

According to a Daily Star report citing an interview on Mexican programme 'La Ultima Palabra', Maradona blasted Messi for not doing enough for Argentina.national team both in play and leadership.

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.

Maradona believes Messi is the wrong choice for Argentina as, while he is unquestionably their best player, he lacks the personal skills required to inspire those around him.

Messi has earned 128 caps for Argentina, with that tally leaving him 19 short of Javier Mascherano's record haul. If he is not, we should try and play as a team and be hard to beat'.

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