The former Argentina legend, now managing Dorados de Sinaloa from Mexico's second tier, took some time to chat with LUP's pundits on the current state of Argentina and its main star.
The Argentine forward signed a new contract at Barcelona in November 2017. Lionel Messi "is not a leader", Diego Maradona said of the current Argentina talisman in an interview in Mexico.
Interestingly, since Argentina's exit at the Mundial, Messi has blacked out Argentina games so far and no words yet when he return to action for the Albiceleste again.
Diego Maradona, who along with Brazilian legend Pele is widely held to be one of the best players of all time, said, "Before speaking to the coach and players he will be on the PlayStation".
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After a disappointing World Cup in Russian Federation, where Argentina failed to get past the last 16, Messi opted to take a sabbatical from global football.
"He's a great player but he's not a leader".
Messi's most-recent masterclass was in a 4-2 Champions League win against Tottenham, where the Barcelona forward scored twice, hit the post twice and offered up an assist in a man-of-the-match performance.
Afterwards some other "quotes" were published, which claimed he said: "We asked Guardiola to talk to him, we offered him triple the salary that he had at Barca but he never accepted". "We have to take the pressure off him", Maradona, 57, said from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where he coaches second-tier side Dorados.
After another disappointing tournament in Russian Federation this year, where Argentina failed to get past the last 16, Messi opted to take a sabbatical from worldwide football.
A sterner test will take place on Tuesday when they face Brazil in Saudi Arabia - without Messi.