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Barcelona seek Messi’s extension as Argentine may quit for free in 2020

REX Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring his sides third goal to make the scoreline 1-3- Tottenham Hotspur v Barcelona UEFA Champions League Wembley Stadium London- 3rd October 2018 Totten Lionel Messi is not a leader claims Diego Maradona
Noah Ferguson | 14 October, 2018, 14:39

Manchester City have rubbished claims they made a failed bid to sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.

Messi has always been criticised for failing to reproduce his Barcelona form when he's on global duty, and he hasn't played for Argentina since they exited the World Cup to France at the second round stage. "If I have to decide for my team I will choose Messi over Ronaldo, three-time FIFA World Cup champion Pele said".

"Messi is a great player but he doesn't get it", said Maradona.

"Before talking to the coach and players, he'll play on the PlayStation. Then, on the field, he wants to be the leader", Maradona said as he answered questions in a stumbling voice, sometimes seeming to contradict himself.

"For me, it's hard to say it but it's useless to make a leader out of a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

"There's no two ways about it. Let's stop making a God out of Messi".

Mundo Deportivo says Barça are planning to extend Messi's contract by one year, taking him to June 2022.

"You have to take the leadership away for him to be the Messi we want him to be", Maradona added. Messi is Messi when he wears that shirt, and he's another Messi with Argentina"

"He's a great player but he's not a leader."

Messi is Barcelona's record goalscorer and has played a part in four Champions League successes since coming through the club's La Masia academy.

Regardless of the comments, it was alarming to see his own state, as it's clear that something is not right with the 57-year-old.

'It's sad to see how someone who boasts of being a leader can talk so badly about a player who's now the best we've got and will probably be so for a long time yet.

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