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Maradona Criticises Messi's Performance Against France

Diego Maradona Criticises Lionel Messi's Performance Against France

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 02, 2018 02:10 PM @KurtLaduma

Diego Maradona has given his opinion on how he thought Argentina's Lionel Messi played against France in their 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16 tie on Saturday.

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The FC Barcelona man was unable to find the back of the net against Les Bleus this past weekend, and despite being deployed as a false nine, he was sometimes too far away from the box to impact the game.

Maradona echoed those sentiments after the game, seemingly criticising the 31-year-old for being too far away from the opposition's danger area in Argentina's 4-3 loss.

"I saw him very isolated, far away from the box," he said, according to the Daily Express.

"I said that if he played as a No. 9, he had to go looking for the ball, piece the game together, set the goals up and score them."

Maradona also slammed Jorge Sampaoli's team selection for the match.

"It was already predicted in the build-up. We knew, after we left Moscow, that (Cristian) Pavon, Messi and (Angel) Di Maria were the ones who were going to attack the French defence, yet I don't think they know a lot about the box, penalty spot or putting pressure on the centre-backs," he continued.

"Yes, they know how to create, but they're not strikers."

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Argentina veterans Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia both retired from international football following their national team's round of 16 exit from the showpiece.

Do you think Argentina should sack manager Sampaoli? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MEJineer Joined: 18 Jun 2014
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MEJineer Jul 04, 2018 11:04 PM
@Ricworld you do realize that's 4 forwards in one game right? and they were not facing Cowzer Chips
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medford Joined: 03 Jul 2018
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medford Jul 03, 2018 06:48 PM
Argentina played well. There were some distractions in the group phase but they settled in. That penalty in the beginning of the game was biased and help put France in the lead. Argentina scored 3 goals. People talk as if France walked through. what a sham at this world cup. In the game between Sweden and Switzerland the referee gave a free kick instead of a penalty. But it's Argentina !! so crush Messi and no problem after that.It was foul after foul. Lets see how far France goes.. well could be far with the help of FIFA.
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jul 03, 2018 01:55 AM
Maradona always criticizing Messi and we all know that Messi is better than him
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WTSHIBAMBU Joined: 20 Oct 2010
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WTSHIBAMBU Jul 02, 2018 11:44 PM
Drugs addict is right but whatever you say about Messi you Will get people denying the truth for an example Messi scored 1 goal in 4 matches. Some stupid intruder will deny that and attack me
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Khosi-Koi Joined: 02 Aug 2012
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Khosi-Koi Jul 02, 2018 05:35 PM
I think he is just analysing how Argentina coach played the attackers and criticising the coach than Messi... That's my understanding
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Nteoooo Jul 02, 2018 04:20 PM
Maradona was also given his chance and failed
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Ricworld Joined: 29 Feb 2016
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Ricworld Jul 02, 2018 04:18 PM
For me Argentina didn’t play to their strength,their coach is to blame....the game was lost during the group stages.l mean play Aguero as a striker,Dyabala behind him,messi on the right wing and Di Maria left wing no team was gonna cope against that puzzle.
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STIGA18 Jul 02, 2018 03:50 PM
Game of soccer where everyone see things differently, I'm not surprised
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Tsikinosky Joined: 08 Jun 2016
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Tsikinosky Jul 02, 2018 03:48 PM
Ths is the real Maradona who's nt afraid 2 tell the truth. He calls a cow a cow. He feels lyk he wasted hs energy by supporting losers
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zuubhaaa45 Jul 02, 2018 03:11 PM
Messi is a great player, but kule world cup, he was not there, there were no energy. He was walking on the field, he lost the ball very easy.
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Faysal Jul 02, 2018 03:08 PM
I'm big fan of Messi for sure some of you know that with all thing Messi achieved with all goals he scored madels he won trophies there is one thing Messi doesn't have leadership and he is way far behind from Maradona Diego bleeds for his team fights take the all team on his shoulders Armando is more leader than leo
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zinho_mao1st Jul 02, 2018 02:58 PM
Mates didn't made him play as they didn't play the way he is used to and worst,a 9.He is used to creating coming from either deep in the middle or from just in front of the center circle...
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Jul 02, 2018 02:52 PM
One thing for sure Messi wasn't there in Russia he didn't come to the party specially against France he was no where to be found no energy he really failed
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Matayitayi Jul 02, 2018 02:52 PM
The game has changed
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Flipping lyf Jul 02, 2018 02:52 PM
This madala Drug addicted what he's talking is nonsensity messi is far better than him u wil never come close to leo that why they ban u in 1994 world cup
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alizebucs1986 Jul 02, 2018 02:50 PM
Messi went to Russia to be a spectator

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