The fallout from Argentina’s defeat at the Copa America continues with football legend Diego Maradona kicking against fellow Argentine Lionel Messi.
According to reports, Maradona blames the star player for Argentina’s lack lustre performance and suggested that the Barca star should be treated ‘just like any other player.’
Messi helped Gerardo Martino’s side into the final in Chile but endured a frustrating night against the hosts, who won the trophy via a dramatic penalty shootout.
The Barcelona forward shone during Argentina’s 6-1 thrashing of Paraguay in the semi-finals but after scoring just one goal in the tournament, Maradona revealed his frustration.
Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in 1986 with his ‘hand of god’ play, slammed Messi after watching his country lose their second-consecutive final.
‘You’re left saying to yourself, “Dammit, are you Argentinian or Swedish?”, he said to local media.