Argentina legend Diego Maradona has once again spoken about how he really feels about FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
In October, it was claimed by AS that Maradona had stated that Messi goes to the toilet too often to be considered a great leader.
Following backlash from the likes of Messi's family and even former Barca captain Xavi Hernandez, Maradona backtracked on his criticism and claimed his words were misinterpreted.
The 58-year-old has now addressed the situation once again, insisting that if he had anything negative to say about the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, he would talk to him directly.
"Leo is a friend of mine and I never talk badly about a friend in public," Maradona told Marca.
"I would say it to the face, and not through an interview. About Leo, all I would say is that he is a phenomenon and nothing more.
"There are players that go to the bathroom 20 times but I never referred to Messi. Quite the opposite, what I wanted from Leo (referring to the 2010 World Cup) was to get changed, go on the pitch, look for the ball and something that many others don't do, they hide from the ball.
"I want to say that what I have with Leo is unconditional.
"Since Messi joined Barcelona, they want us to be always fighting."
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