Diego Maradona said on Friday that world football is sick because of the leaders who want to be the protagonists.
The Dorados de Sinaloa coach in the promotion division in Mexico added that he would like to lead Argentina’s national team again.
Football “is sick of leaders who want to be the protagonists when the protagonists are the football players,” Maradona told Fox Sports.
“At the managerial level, we’re very bad, even in Argentina. I gave my vote to (Claudio) Tapia (president of the AFA), who doesn’t understand anything about football, but he betrayed me because (Jorge) Sampaoli arrived who doesn’t have the category for the Argentine national team,” he said.
Maradona arrived in Dorados in September and his unexpected arrival at the second division club generated praise and controversy.
The 57-year-old ex-footballer said that if he were to lead Argentina’s national team again, he wouldn’t call Lionel Messi until he took all the pressure off the Barcelona player.
Maradona led his country’s national team between 2008 and 2010 and took them to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in South Africa, where they were beaten 4-0 by Germany.
“I do dream of returning to the national team (Argentina) because I left when the players asked me to stay. I don’t call him (Messi) because you have to take him off the pressure, you have to take him off the leader we want him to be,” he said.
“Taking all the burdens he has on his back today and making him play as I want, I call him because there is no other Messi,” he said.
Messi has not played with the Argentina national football team” after the departure of the selected one in quarterfinals of the Worldwide one of Russia and was absent in the friendships of the South American equipment of September and of this month.