In a questionable state during an interview with Fox Sports Mexico's "La Ultima Palabra", Diego Armando Maradona heavily criticized Lionel Messi as well as giving other freaky comments, which at times seemed worrying.
"We shouldn't deify Messi any longer", Maradona said.
"Before speaking to the coach and players he will be on the PlayStation".
Messi's family has now replied to Maradona's comments on the Barcelona forward, with the star's cousin Maxi Biancucchi branding Maradona "ignorant".
"Let's stop making a god out of Messi".
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Maradona and Messi worked together during the former's ill-fated stint as coach of the Argentine national team between 2008 and 2010.
FC Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 10, 2018. "It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game".
The Barcelona star is widely acknowledged as one of the best players in the history of the sport, with the versatile forward continuing to provide masterclasses for the Catalan outfit on an nearly weekly occurrence.
Diego Maradona's attempts to defend Lionel Messi turned into an incredible attack on the Barcelona superstar. Then, on the pitch, he wants to be the leader. He added: "The two times we won the Champions League, we did so with seven players from the academy, like Xavi, Iniesta, Valdes, who joined Barça aged seven or eight".
However, Messi has not officially retired from the national team. We have to take the pressure off him.
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