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Diego Maradona lashes out at Lionel Messi in greatest player debate

BARCELONA          Messi's contract includes a clause which would let him leave Barça in 2020


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Cassandra Castillo | 13 October, 2018, 21:45

After Argentina endured a hard World Cup campaign in Russia, Diego Maradona has once again taken the opportunity to question the credentials of Lionel Messi.

The attacker hasn't featured for Argentina since their elimination from the World Cup against France at the last-16 stage.

Lionel Messi is the forbidden fruit for every club in the world it would appear, with a manager he knows and respects, and the offer of three times his salary, not enough to take him from FC Barcelona to Manchester City.

"He does ask for it on the pitch, but before speaking to teammates he'll go and play the Playstation" Maradona said of Messi in an interview with Mexican programme "La Ultima Palabra". Then, on the field, he wants to be the leader. "It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game".

'Don't worship Messi anymore.

But as part of the same story, the Catalan outlet report that there is a rather unusual clause in Messi's Barcelona deal that allows him to leave on a free transfer in 2020 - as long as it is a non-elite team.

Maradona, who is now in charge of Mexican second division side Dorados, coached Messi while manager of Argentina between 2008 and 2010.

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Argentina beat Iraq 4-0 on Thursday with a new-look side, taking their unbeaten run since Russian Federation to three games.

Maradona stated that if he was in charge he wouldn't recall Messi to the Argentina side.

"I wouldn't call Messi [for the national team] but never say never".

"You have to take the leadership away for him to be the Messi we want him to be".

Do you think Messi will ever leave Barcelona?

Messi, who has been capped by Argentina on 128 occasions, has frequently captained his country in the past.

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