Messi at Barcelona is one thing and another with Argentina.
His side were thumped 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Lionel Messi can't hide his disappointment after Argentina lost to France in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Messi had been linked with the club after Pep Guardiola joined in 2016.
After Argentina bowed out in the last 16 to France in this year's World Cup in Russia, Messi chose to take a break from global football, a decision which Maradona supports. "It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game", Maradona said.
Argentina are unbeaten in three friendlies since Russian Federation 2018, while Messi has netted 11 goals in as many competitive club appearances this season.
Premier League club Manchester City have publicly denied reports that they tried to lure Argentine forward Lionel Messi to the club with a huge wage offer.
Afterwards some other "quotes" were published, which claimed he said: "We asked Guardiola to talk to him, we offered him triple the salary that he had at Barca but he never accepted". We have to take the pressure off him.
"You have to take the leadership away for him to be the Messi we want him to be", Maradona said.
Maradona also admitted that he would like to manage the Mexican national team in the future. Messi has a completely different style than Ronaldo. "I gave my vote to Claudio Tapia [AFA president], who knows nothing of football, but he betrayed me because he hired Jorge Sampaoli, who is not good enough for Argentina". "I thought he was a leader", he told Infobae. I was wrong about Mascherano.