Maradona reveals some stories about the time he managed Messi

The popular former footballer is back in the dugout with Argentine side Gimnasia and spoke about his run as the national team coach

Maradona, con Messi en la selección argentina
Maradona, con Messi en la selección argentina | AFP

Diego Armando Maradona is back in the dugout as the new head coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata. In a long and extensive press conference, Maradona spoke on a variety of subjects including some of his past experiences of working with Lionel Messi.

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"At the World Cup where I was the coach (of Argentina), I took charge of the best version of Messi. I'll tell everyone that. He was incredible. After training had finished, we stayed behind to practice shooting. That's when he started taking more shots at goal. Not because I showed him how to! I only said: 'You need to hit it into the middle'," he added whilst laughing. "Now he scores all the time!"

On his period as Argentina manager, Maradona said: "Whoever said they were a friend of mine, lied to me. It took a long time for me to recover from that and want to be a coach again. I felt like the people wanted me to be the head coach of the World champions."


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