Diego Maradona has told Lionel Messi that he should retire from international football once again.
Messi’s future with his national side is uncertain with the Barcelona star choosing to take a break following a disappointing World Cup campaign.
Argentina scraped through their group before crashing out to France, Messi netting just once in the tournament.
The performance cost manager Jorge Sampaoli his job while Messi, who received the brunt of the criticism, did not participate in the friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia in September.
And Maradona has advised the 31-year-old, who retired from international football once before in 2016, to do so again.
‘What would I tell Messi? To not come back any more. To retire,’ the current Dorados coach told C larin on Sunday.
‘The Under 15s lose and it is Messi’s fault, the fixture list in Argentina puts Racing against Boca and Messi is to blame. He is always to blame. Stop breaking my balls.
would tell him: “Don’t go anymore, man”. Let’s see if they can handle that. Let’s see if they’re really big men.
‘I would have liked to see him tell us all to f*** off. Because he is not to blame for us not being world champions. Fine, we all placed our hopes in him, but when you go to the racetrack you hope your horse wins and he comes in eighth.
‘In Formula One Vettel has a great engine and Hamilton beats him. Right now the national team doesn’t do anything for me or for the people. We have lost that – the passion. It cannot play against Nicaragua or Malta, no, brother. We are throwing all the prestige we earned down the toilet.’