Lionel Messi’s family hit back at criticism from Diego Maradona

first_img Messi’s only accolade with his country is an Olympic gold medal in 2008 3 3 ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions And Messi’s cousin Maxi Biancucchi, who is a footballer for Paraguayan second division side Rubio Nu, led the response to Maradona’s outburst.Biancucchi said: “It’s ignorant to discredit Leo.“It’s sad to see how someone who boasts of being a leader can talk so badly about a player who’s currently the best we’ve got and will probably be so for a long time yet.“And he’s done it at a time when he should be helping to rebuild if he loves the national side as he says he does.” Latest Football News no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED RANKED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Lionel Messi’s family have criticised Argentina legend Diego Maradona’s scathing attacks on the nation’s current footballing talisman.Maradona accused Messi of playing differently when he was representing Barcelona and also said it was a waste of time trying to turn him into a leader “because he goes to the toilet 20 times before a match.”center_img And the 1986 World Cup winner also suggested that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would not get called up for international duty if he was made manager of the national team again.In an interview with Fox Sports, Maradona said: “Messi’s a great player, but he’s not a leader.“Before talking to the coach and players, he’ll play on the PlayStation. Then, on the pitch, he wants to be the leader.“He’s the best along with Cristiano Ronaldo but for me, it’s pointless to make a leader out of a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a match.” The pair worked together when Maradona was Argentina manager from 2008-10 It is thought Maradona’s toilet reference was a dig at Messi’s nerves before games that have seen him vomit during some important matches.Maradona, who is currently manager of Mexican second division side Dorados, also claimed it was time to stop treating Messi as a God.Diego Maradona’s antics cause a stir at the Russia World CupThe 57-year-old’s relationship with Messi has been difficult since Maradona was caught out telling Pele in Paris during a June 2006 charity act that the Barcelona forward lacked the personality to be a leader.His comments were picked up by the cameras and microphones in place for the event. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow 3 Messi and co. had a chaotic World Cup in Russia, eventually losing to France in the last-16.Jorge Sampaoli was relieved of his managerial duties after the tournament and former West Ham defender Lionel Scaloni is currently the caretaker boss. Both Messi and Maradona are adored by Argentina fans last_img read more