Maradona slams Messi, reveals what he does before a game

Bayern Munich have won only four of their seven Bundesliga games this season

Bayern Munich have won only four of their seven Bundesliga games this season

In a questionable state during an interview with Fox Sports Mexico's "La Ultima Palabra", Diego Armando Maradona heavily criticized Lionel Messi as well as giving other freaky comments, which at times seemed worrying.

Although Messi has admittedly played a number of more games for the national team than Maradona managed throughout his playing career, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has also scored nearly twice as many goals.

"It's useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game", Maradona is reported to have said on The Last World Mexico.

"If there are comrades who really love Messi, they should have come out and defended him". "He's Messi when he plays for Barcelona".

City's interest in Messi dates back before Guardiola's time, but the Spaniard tried to use his influence to lure the Argentina superstar to England in 2016.

Messi is a great player but he doesn't get it.

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But he has struggled to reproduce the same scintillating form when wearing the blue and white shirt of Argentina.

Maradona, speaking from the Mexican state of Sinaloa where he coaches local second-tier side Dorados, said Messi's break was sensible.

Messi has been on the losing side in all four of his finals with Argentina - three in the Copa America and at the 2014 World Cup - and has not scored in four World Cup knockout stages.

The 57-year-old has now taken aim at Messi after criticising the Argentina national team's recent shortcomings.

Lionel Messi is the forbidden fruit for every club in the world it would appear, with a manager he knows and respects, and the offer of three times his salary, not enough to take him from FC Barcelona to Manchester City. I wouldn't call him up, but never say never.

A sterner test awaits on Tuesday, when they face Brazil in Saudi Arabia without Messi.

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