Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona has advised Lionel Messi to retire from international duty in his latest comments.

The Barcelona captain is currently taking a break from Argentina following the World Cup, where the team struggled to make it past the group stages and were then knocked out by France.

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Maradona reckons Messi should not bother coming back because he always gets the blame for everything.

“What would I tell Messi? To not come back any more. To retire,” he said.

”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.

”I 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**k 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.”

It is not yet clear what Messi’s plans are at the moment. The Barcelona captain hasn’t said anything about whether he will return or not, so we will simply have to wait and see.