Diego Maradona's attempts to defend Lionel Messi became an incredible attack on the Barcelona superstar.

Messi has long been criticized for failing to reproduce his Barcelona form when competing in international duty, and has not played for Argentina since completing the World Cup in France in the second round.

And while he appeared on The Last Word Mexico television program, Maradona began a tirade against the Barcelona superstar and beat his leadership after first praising him.

"Messi is a great player, but he does not understand it," said Maradona.

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Maradona did not hold back

"Before he talks to the manager, he will be on the PlayStation and then on the pitch he asks if he wants to be the leader or not.

"He's the best in the world, along with Cristiano, but it's useless to make a leader of a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a match.

"Do not worship Messi Messi in Barcelona is one thing and with Argentina he is a different one."

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Maradona added that he would not call Messi back to the national team.

"I would not call Messi, but never say never," he said.

"You have to take the pressure off of him to get the leader we Messi want him to be, you say to Messi that he should first throw himself in the head, but he prefers video games play."

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