Diego Maradona unequivocally says Barcelona’s Lionel Messi lacks the personality of a leader. The football legend went ahead to name Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as Euro 2016’s star to watch.
Though Argentina is currently competing in the 2016 Copa America games in U.S., Maradona who was speaking at an event in Paris to launch the summer tournament, was asked questions on his opinion about Messi, the national team captain.
Brazilian football legend Pele was also present at the event as Maradona spoke about the Blaugrana forward.
“Yes, I know him. He’s a good person, but he doesn’t have personality. He doesn’t have the personality of a leader,” ex-Barca, Napoli and Sevilla forward Maradona complained, AS reports.
Maradona moved on to Euro 2016 when he was asked about favorites for the trophy, players to watch and pressure on Ronaldo.
“There are several players I want to see in the tournament. [Eden] Hazard, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Wayne] Rooney, [Andres] Iniesta…they’re the ones who make you want to sit in front of the TV to watch the games,” Maradona continued.
“Favorites? In football there are no small opponents. Anyone can surprise you in a game. I see a lot of teams that can do well, but the ball will decide. For example, England have improved somewhat.
“Cristiano will be the star, no doubt. He’s one of those players who practically on his own can put a team in the final. He’s the heritage of football. Anyone who likes football, likes Cristiano.
“Pressure? I don’t think a player of his experience is under pressure in a tournament. The ones who should feel pressure are the defenders that have to mark him in the game.”