Diego MARADONA is never short on words and he has stated that he would like to see Lionel MESSI retire from the Argentina National Team and gave his thoughts on coach Lionel SCALONI.
Speaking in an interview with Clarin, MARADONA did not hold back and said that the fault is unfairly always on Lionel MESSI. Here’s what he had to say:
“He is not at fault for not being a world champion. We had all our hopes on him but when you go to the race tracks, you hope that your horse wins and he ends up coming in eigth. In Formula 1, VETTEL has a great engine and he beat HAMILTON. Today, the National Team doesn’t excite me at all. The same way it doesn’t wake up the fans. We lost that. The passion.
“You can’t play with Nicaragua, you can’t play against Malta. No, brother. We are throwing all the prestige we have down the toilet.”
On the topic of Lionel MESSI:
“I would like to see MESSI take a hit on us all and not come back to the Argentina National Team.”
Diego MARADONA stated that he would like for MESSI “to not come back to the Argentina National Team” and that he “retires” because “he’s always at fault.”
Regarding the Argentina National Team and coach Lionel SCALONI, Diego MARADONA is against having SCALONI as coach. He also gave his thoughts on the World Cup:
“It hurt me a lot what happened at the World Cup. Because there wasn’t respect. Now they put SCALONI. SCALONI is a great guy but he can’t even direct traffic. How are they going to give the Argentina National Team to SCALONI? Are we all crazy? And SCALONI says “I’m ready.” But I never even saw you score a goal for Argentina.
“With all the respect, eh. As a guy, let’s go have a barbeque. But as a coach and of the Argentina National Team, no.”