Diego Maradona has advised Lionel Messi to walk away from the Argentina national team and send everyone “to hell.”
Messi has been omitted from the last two Argentina squads in the wake of a fraught World Cup campaign and doubt surrounds the Barcelona star’s international future.
Argentina icon and former coach Maradona was asked what advice he would give Messi.
“What would I tell Messi? To not come back any more. To retire,” Maradona told Clarin.
“The Under-15s lose and it is Messi’s fault, the fixture list in Argentina puts Racing against Boca and Messi is to blame. He is always to blame. Stop breaking my balls.
“I would tell him: ‘don’t go anymore, man’. Let’s see if they can handle that. Let’s see if they’re really big men.
“I would have liked to see him tell us all to f*ck off. Because he is not to blame for us not being world champions.
“Fine, we all placed our hopes in him, but when you go to the racetrack you hope your horse wins and he comes in eighth.
“In Formula One Vettel has a great engine and Hamilton beats him.
“Right now the national team doesn’t do anything for me or for the people. We have lost that. The passion. It cannot play against Nicaragua or Malta, no, brother. We are throwing all the prestige we earned down the toilet.”
Messi, 31, has an impressive record as an Argentina player, with 67 goals in 124 caps, however despite this, it does not match his Barcelona form. In the Primera Liga, Messi has scored 388 in 376 starts, and has won the Champions League four times. In the league his odds on scoring must return very little compared to an Australian casino online!
Ex-Argentina Coach Jorge Sampaoli admitted during the World Cup 2018 that the national team holds Messi back from performing at his best, saying “I think that because of the reality of the Argentine squad, it sort of clouds Leo’s brilliance”. During the competition, where he scored one goal, an excellent curled effort against Nigeria, Messi looked visibly stressed and sparked rumours of him finding it difficult carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.