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Argentina great Diego Maradona has hit out at his countryman Lionel Messi, saying the forward is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considered a footballing God.

The former Argentina legend, now managing Dorados de Sinaloa from Mexico's second tier, took some time to chat with LUP's pundits on the current state of Argentina and its main star.

"It's useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

Messi played under Guardiola for four seasons at Barca, during which time they won 14 titles including two Champions League trophies.

He also blamed the state of the team on how things are handled from a director's perspective. I don't know if we are ready. Messi is Messi when he wears that shirt and he's another Messi with Argentina.

Messi looked incredibly stressed throughout the World Cup in Russian Federation, where Argentina were eliminated by eventual winners France in the round of 16.

'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.

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.

Maradona, who is in Mexico coaching second-division Sinaloa, said that if he was Argentina coach he would "not call on Messi" before adding "never say never".

The 57-year-old has now taken aim at Messi after criticising the Argentina national team's recent shortcomings. You have to take the pressure off him in order to get the leader we want Messi to be, that he will not be.

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