Diego Maradona Speaks up for Lionel Messi: Argentina fans, fed up with their team’s lacklustre showing at the Copa America, need to give much-criticised Lionel Messi a break, says Diego Maradona.
Messi has long been touted as 1986 world champion Maradona’s successor in the national side. But whereas at club level Messi has managed to outshine his illustrious compatriot by winning a sackful of top honours with Barcelona, it has been a different story at international level.
Diego Maradona Speaks up for Lionel Messi With Argentina struggling to impress on home soil, Maradona told sports daily Ole it was time someone spoke up for Messi, who has been caught up in the national team’s general malaise.
Maradona says the critics have got it all wrong.”I want to defend Messi. He always plays, he loves the Argentine shirt , I can’t believe all these idiots who take to the airwaves to do him down. I talked with him this week and told him to take things calmly.”Let’s not blame Leo.
We have the best in the world, an exceptional boy.”Maradona is only too well aware of the pressure Messi is under having himself spent his career in the goldfish bowl — though he could point to his 1986 World Cup-winning performances to deflect later criticism.