Manchester City deny huge Lionel Messi wage offer

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Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi as "not a leader" in a freaky interview in Mexico.

The former Argentina legend, now managing Dorados de Sinaloa from Mexico's second tier, took some time to chat with LUP's pundits on the current state of Argentina and its main star.

A video posted to Twitter shows he replied, while laughing, "Messi".

"It's useless to make a leader of a guy who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

The Argentina legend, now managing Mexican second-tier side Dorados de Sinaloa, has questioned Messi's ability as a leader and claimed he goes to the toilet 20 times before a game.

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With Pep Guardiola keen on a reunion with Messi after his arrival at The Etihad Stadium, City offered him a wage packet three times the size of the one he was on at the Camp Nou at that time.

Regardless of the comments, it was alarming to see his own state, as it's clear that something is not right with the 57-year-old.

"Before talking to the Coach and players, he'll play on the PlayStation". Then, on the field, he wants to be the leader.

City have often been linked with five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi, who has spent his entire career at Camp Nou.

However, he has failed to add to his trophy haul or produce his best form in national colours, losing four finals - three in the Copa America and the 2014 World Cup final against Germany.

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"I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never", the World Cup victor added.

Maradona has suggested that Messi's antics before a match do not make him a worthy candidate for any kind of leadership role.

Barca are confident that they can tie him down for the remainder of his career, with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu telling the Times recently: "He doesn't want to leave".

Messi has earned 128 caps for Argentina, with that tally leaving him 19 short of Javier Mascherano's record haul.

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