Messi ‘not a leader’, believes Maradona
Argentina great Diego Maradona does not believe Lionel Messi is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considered a footballing legend. Maradona said Messi was one player at his club Barcelona and another with the national side. “We shouldn’t deify Messi any longer,” Maradona told Fox Sports. “He’s Messi when he plays for Barcelona ... and he’s another Messi with Argentina. He’s a great player but he’s not a leader.” Messi, 31, has claimed every possible honour with Barcelona and has won the Fifa World Player of the Year award five times. But he has struggled to reproduce the same form for Argentina. Messi has been on the losing side in all four of his finals with Argentina. After another disappointing tournament in Russia, Messi took a break from international football. “I wouldn’t call him up right now, but never say never. We have to take the pressure off him,” Maradona said.