Maradona claims Messi ‘goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game’

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


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And while appearing on "The Last Word Mexico" television programme, Maradona launched into a tirade against the Barcelona superstar and slammed his leadership skills, having initially praised him.

Messi played under Pep Guardiola for four years at Barcelona and City have always been suitors of the 31-year-old but the chances of him moving to the Premier League at this stage of his career are slim.

Messi's family has now replied to Maradona's comments on the Barcelona forward, with the star's cousin Maxi Biancucchi branding Maradona "ignorant".

Speaking to FOX Sports, Maradona said, "We shouldn't deify Messi any longer".

Caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni remains hopeful the Barcelona skipper will eventually end his self-imposed exile, but Maradona is less convinced of the 31-year-old's present value to the team.

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

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Messi has had a dismal run with his national team so far, failing to replicate his form for Barcelona in an Argentina shirt.

Messi looked incredibly stressed throughout the World Cup in Russian Federation, where Argentina were eliminated by eventual winners France in the round of 16. The Catalan coach also spoke about his time at Barcelona, where he was coach between 2008 and 2012, saying his success at Camp Nou was the result of the ideal connection between the players, the club and the coach "that only happens once in a lifetime".

"He is the best in the world along with Cristiano (Ronaldo)", Maradona said. "We have to take the pressure off him", Maradona, 57, said from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where he coaches second-tier side Dorados.

"It's useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

"I wouldn't call Messi but never say never". If he is not, we should try and play as a team and be hard to beat'.

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