Without Messi Argentina Have No Chance Of Qualifying For World Cup – Maradona
Messi has served one match of a four-game international ban for abusing an assistant referee in a World Cup qualifier last month.
“With all due respect to the national team, I think that without Messi we are at risk of missing
“I would accept a playoff spot now, but Argentina are always capable of finding something extra.”
Argentina are currently fifth in the South American zone World Cup qualifying standings with four matches remaining.
Only the top four teams will qualify automatically for the tournament in Russia while the fifth-ranked side will earn a playoff berth.
Maradona, who almost single-handedly won the 1986 World Cup for Argentina, called for an end to comparisons between himself and Messi.
“I have finished my career. I enjoyed my time on the pitch. Now it’s Messi’s turn. There doesn’t have to be any comparisons between us,” the 56-year-old said.