Maradona to Messi: ‘You are not guilty of anything’

first_imgWorld Cup Maradona to Messi: ‘You are not guilty of anything’ Guy Atkinson 22:36 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Maradona Getty World Cup Argentina Nigeria v Argentina Nigeria Lionel Messi The Argentina World Cup-winner has jumped to the defence of his country’s current star, who has come under increasing criticism Diego Maradona has said that Lionel Messi is “not guilty of anything” as Argentina face a potential first World Cup group-stage exit since 2002.A 1-1 draw with Iceland in their Group D opener was followed by a shock 3-0 thumping at the hands of Croatia , meaning the two-time winners must beat Nigeria in their final match on Tuesday to have any chance of progressing.Messi missed a second-half penalty in that draw with Iceland and cut an isolated figure as his side slumped to a heavy defeat in their second game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The Barcelona star has come under criticism for his muted displays, but Maradona – who managed Messi at the 2010 World Cup – insists he is not responsible for Argentina’s struggles.  “To Leo, I would like to talk to you and tell you that you are not guilty of anything, of absolutely nothing,” he said during a TV appearance on Telesur.”I love you as always, I respect you as always.”last_img