Argentina Legend Diego Maradona has slammed current Argentina captain Lionel Messi saying he is an undeserved captain of the Argentina national team.
Maradona’s flamboyant personality shone through during his 91 international appearances between 1977 and 1994, and brief managerial tenure between 2008 and 2010, and he is well-liked in the country – something that cannot necessarily be said of Messi.
Apparently in a chat between Pele and Maradona after they were both involved in a charity game in the French capital, Pele, 75, asked fellow World Cup winner Maradona, 55, if he knows his compatriot personally, prompting Maradona to offer a candid response.
‘He’s a really good person, but he has no personality,’ he said. ‘He lacks [the] character to be a leader.’
Pele then responded: ‘Ah, I get it, he’s not like we were back in the days. In the ’70s we [Brazil] had really good players like Rivellino, Gerson, Tostao.’Not like Argentina now, which depends only on Messi. He [Maradona] is saying that Messi is a good player, there’s no doubt about it, but he has no personality.’