We offered Messi triple his salary; he refused it

We offered Messi triple his salary; he refused it

After a disappointing World Cup in Russian Federation, where Argentina failed to get past the last 16, Messi opted to take a sabbatical from global football.

'Before talking to the coach and players, he'll play on the PlayStation.

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. Then, on the pitch, he wants to be the leader.

Guardiola defined Messi as "a competitive animal, fierce" and said that he "hates losing", all of which were key components to his success at Barcelona.

The Albiceleste great and former head coach, who at times handed Messi the armband during the 2010 World Cup, is adamant any return should come with the caveat of no captaincy. "Messi is just another player for Argentina".

Diego has generally been supportive of Messi at every opportunity in the past, defending him from criticism back in their native Argentina, where the Barcelona star has been a scapegoat for the country's failure to achieve anything of note on the global stage.

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"We shouldn't deify Messi any longer", Maradona said in an interview with Fox Sports.

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

"It's ignorant to discredit Leo", Biancucchi noted, even as he was quick to add. 'It's sad to see how someone who boasts of being a leader can talk so badly about a player who's now the best we've got and will probably be so for a long time yet.

"There's no two ways about it. Let's stop making a God out of Messi".

Maradona's toilet reference was thought to be a dig at Messi's nerves before games that have seen him vomit in some important matches.

Argentina are unbeaten in three games since their disappointing World Cup campaign, beating Iraq 4-0 on Thursday in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

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