He went on to question Messi's leadership skills, emphatically stating that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor is "not a leader".
"Before talking to the coach and players, he'll play on the PlayStation". He's the best in the world with Cristiano [Ronaldo].
Diego Maradona lampooned Lionel Messi for using "the bathroom 20 times before a game" and suggested the Argentina star stay in the global wilderness. "It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game", Maradona said on Fox Sports.
The World Cup victor was speaking about the Argentina national team and discussed the No.10, suggesting that Messi's pre-match behaviour should rule him out of a leadership role.
Messi has not figured for his country since suffering a last-16 exit in his latest showing on a World Cup stage.
Escalating his attack on the Argentina striker, Maradona also said that if he was coach of national team, he would "not call on Messi" before adding "never say never".
But Al Mubarak confirmed that there was truth to reports City were hoping to recruit five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi, with former Barca boss Guardiola tasked with speaking to the Argentinian. "He's Messi when he plays for Barcelona". According to Maradona, Messi "is not a leader" on the filed for Argentina and he should not be considered a football god.
City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak was quoted in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo as saying he once made a lucrative offer for Messi, which would reportedly have paid him more than US$1.3 million per week. "We have to take the pressure off him".
A lot of people compared me with George Best but we had a different style of play.