“I think Messi lacks a little more character. Hopefully, I beg God, to win it through his football. I hope the temperament changes because I do not see Leo as going to fight for the prizes, as if to say something to the partner or motivate him and ask him: “Give it to me.”
About the topic Messi – Olympic Games:
“I think (Lionel) Messi lacks a bit of character,” he said, saying that if today he were to take the place of the Barcelona footballer he would “be with the Argentina National Team” that will participate in the Olympic Games.
“I do not want to fall into the comparisons that journalists usually do because everyone has their way of being. But what I’m saying is that Messi has to decide for himself. It is a time to become more man. It’s a great opportunity to grow. ”
“Likewise, Barcelona will wait for it. That’s why they gave him the number 10 shirt, because they want it. If they gave it to him, it was not because Messi is a film actor, but because he is a phenomenon, a great player. Shirt 10 was from Ronaldinho and now they gave it to him. ”
“I would have stayed here with the National Team, training and waiting for me in Barcelona. But they are other times, other commitments, other contracts. At the time, if I got to go from Barcelona to Milan, as happened with Ronaldinho, everything burned. ”
“I think Messi lacks a little more character. Hopefully, I beg God, to win it through his football. I hope that the temperament changes because I do not see Leo as to go to fight for the prizes, as to tell the partner something or motivate him and ask him: “Give it to me”. ”
“I do not see it yet. Hopefully, over time, it will become more soccer player, more player of the whole field and more leader. Hopefully in two or three years we have to say that Leo is a leader. ”
Referring to the Argentine National Team, Maradona said that in recent days he visited coach Sergio Batista on the AFA sports field.
“There I have the doors open, according to Julio Grondona, who never gives me the keys. They let me through the door because I think they know me. The ‘Checho’ (Batista) has a large group of guys, who will have to become men on the court. ”
“He has great players. It has a commander like (Juan Román) Riquelme and above (Ezequiel) Lavezzi, the ‘Kun’ Agüero and Messi kill you. On the one hand, they must have the ball and put a lot of emphasis on the backslip. Have fun when they have the ball and when not, go back quickly and pass the line of the ball. It has a first level team to aspire to the best “.
Regarding the alleged differences between Riquelme and Messi, he said:
“I was worried about what was said about that. I asked Batista how they were at the group level and he told me that nothing happens. Then I spoke with Roman and I do not think there is a problem. Before it was resolved between four walls, and the one that went well, well, and the one that went wrong, badly. In the National Team it is not played to see who is the best person, but to see who is the best player. ”
“That the ‘Checho’ Batista understands it well. And if not, I travel to Beijing. ”
Barça is reluctant to give Messi to the Albiceleste Olympic Team, so the FIFA Players Statute Committee will make a decision next Tuesday in Zurich.