Man City deny offering Lionel Messi triple his salary to join

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The disagreement between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi seems to be continuing after a member of Messi's family replied the Albiceleste legend recent remarks about the Barcelona playmaker.

The former Argentina legend, now managing Dorados de Sinaloa from Mexico's second tier, took some time to chat with LUP's pundits on the current state of Argentina and its main star.

Lionel Messi can't hide his disappointment after Argentina lost to France in the last 16 of the World Cup.

"For me it's hard to talk, but it's pointless wanting to make a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a match into the leader".

The Argentine had been linked with a move to City since the takeover by Dubai's ruling elite.

He also blamed the state of the team on how things are handled from a director's perspective. "You say to Messi to "throw yourself in head first" but he prefers to play video games". Messi is Messi when he wears that shirt and he's another Messi with Argentina.

However, Messi has struggled to replicate this form for Argentina, with the five-time Ballon d'Or victor not delivering for the South Americans at the World Cup in Russian Federation over the summer.

Manchester City were beaten 2-1 at home by French Ligue 1 side Lyon in their opening group game
Manchester City were beaten 2-1 at home by French Ligue 1 side Lyon in their opening group game

"Before talking to the Coach and players, he'll play on the PlayStation".

"He's a great player but he's not a leader".

'We asked Guardiola to talk to him (Messi), we offered him triple the salary he has at Barca, but he never accepted, ' Al Mubarak said.

AS has reported comments from City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak about a bid for Messi.

"We shouldn't deify Messi any longer", Maradona told Fox Sports.

Argentina are unbeaten in three games since their disappointing World Cup campaign, beating Iraq 4-0 on Thursday in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

A sterner test awaits on Tuesday, when they face Brazil in Saudi Arabia without Messi.

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