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Maradona Hits Out At Argentina Boss Amid Messi Return

Despite Lionel Messi's return to the Argentina national team fold, Diego Maradona has launched a scathing attack at the Albiceleste's current coach LIonel Scaloni, claiming "he couldn't even control traffic".

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Messi's eight-month absence from national team duty came to an end when the five-time Ballon d'Or winner returned for Argentina's upcoming international friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco.

Maradona, who is considered by many to be the greatest player ever to hail from Argentina, having led them to the FIFA World Cup title in 1986, seemingly took offence to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero's exclusion from the latest Argentina squad, subsequently laying into Scaloni.

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"Scaloni, by not calling up Aguero and ignoring (Cesar Luis) Menotti, lacked respect for the ball, although he was never a good player and just kicked people and nothing more," Maradona told Marca.

"I don't want him for my team, he couldn't even control traffic.

"Messi's return comforts me, but he hasn't called up Aguero, he says we have to see it... Where was he? At an event? Doesn't he have television?

"I don't know what Aguero has to do to get a call-up, as he is the top scorer for Manchester City. He's a great player. If he came here, I'd train him day and night."

Read: Messi Is Better Than Maradona Was - Fergie 

Argentina will face Venezuela in the first of their international friendlies on 23 March at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, before facing Herve Renard's Morocco three days later at the Grand Stade de Tanger.

Do you think Maradona's statements hold any weight? Should Scaloni have called up Aguero to the latest Argentina side? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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