Lionel Messi’s family has described Argentina legend Diego Maradona as “ignorant” following his recent attack on the Barcelona man.
Maradona had told a Mexican TV that Messi is not a natural leader and should not be stripped of his captaincy in the national team.
The former World Footballer of the Year also urged Argentines to stop seeing Messi as a god.
However, Messi’s cousin Maxi Biancucchi told Maradona that “It’s ignorant to discredit Leo [Messi].
“It’s sad to see how someone who boasts of being a leader can talk so badly about a player who’s currently the best we’ve got and will probably be so for a long time yet.
“And he’s done it at a time when he should be helping to rebuild if he loves the national side as he says he does.”
Argentina lost to France at the 2018 Word Cup in Russia during the second round of the competition.