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Maradona: Messi Should Stop Playing For Argentina

Maradona: Messi Should Stop Playing For Argentina

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has told Lionel Messi to retire from international football for good.

Messi was heavily criticised in his homeland after Argentina’s round of 16 exit – at the hands of eventual winners France – at this summer’s World Cup.


The Barcelona star has since not featured for the Albiceleste, missing the friendlies with Guatemala and Colombia in September.

And now Maradona has advised the 31-year-old to just walk away for good, leaving the mess that the national side has become behind.

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“What would I tell Messi? To not come back any more. To retire,” Maradona told Clarin.

“The under-15s lose and it’s Messi’s fault. The fixture in Argentina puts Racing against Boca and Messi is to blame. It’s always his fault. 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*** off because he’s not to blame for us not being world champions.”

Messi will miss the upcoming fixtures with Iraq and Brazil also, but new coach Lionel Scaloni continues to keep the No.10 shirt free.

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  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    True talk Mr. Maradona. Mess can not be playing forever and the entire team is getting old. It is well. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Where was Maradona when the entire country placed their hope for WC victory on Messi’s sagging shoulders? And did Messi rebuff the over-hype and reminded his compatriots that soccer was a team sport? He enjoyed the spotlight, and didn’t even mention a single Nigerian player as a threat. If we didn’t have a coach who was bereft of the knowledge of modern day football tactics, the SE would have sent him home earlier. I wish the blessed SK were around. He would have stood at the sidelines and dished out spot-on instructions for his boys to finish off this arrogant Messi. A beg make I hear word.