Argentine legend Diego Maradona has taken has again criticised Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Messi is considered by many fans and football experts as the greatest player of all time.

But Maradona appeared at a press conference to criticise Messi and has confirmed that the Argentina and Barcelona captain is a great player but he isn’t a great leader.

The former Argentina striker, who coached Messi ten years ago at the World Cup in South Africa, has recently been released from hospital having suffered internal bleeding.

“I love Messi with all my heart,” Maradona told Argentine newspaper Olé.

“They want to make him a leader but he isn’t able to do that because he’s going to be in his sporting world and with his family.”

A few months ago, Maradona had criticised Messi for going to the bathroom 20 times before a game.

“He does ask for it on the pitch, but before speaking to teammates he’ll go and play the PlayStation,” Maradona told Mexican programme La Ultima Palabra.

“For me, it’s difficult to talk, but it’s pointless wanting to make a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a match into the leader. There’s a need to take the leadership away from Messi, as we want him to be Messi, which he wouldn’t be.”

“He’s a great player but he doesn’t do it.”

“It’s a waste of time to make him a leader when he needs to go to the bathroom twenty times before a match. He’s scared.”

“Let’s not depend on Messi anymore.”

Meanwhile, Brazil legend Pele has previously taken a stab at Messi insisting that the 31-year-old is on a lower level compared to Maradona.

“As far as I’m concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever,” he told Folha de Sao Paulo last year.

“If you ask me: ‘Was he better than Messi?’ Yes, he was. Much better.”

“Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff are also better. They’re also excellent players.”

“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn’t head the ball well? How can you compare?”

“To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right and scores headers.”

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