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Maradona defends Lionel Messi's Argentina form: 'Leave him alone'

Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona has rubbished the perception that Barcelona star Lionel Messi does not give his all for Argentina.

The diminutive attacker has frequently been criticised for his showings for the national team, which have been in stark contrast to the form he has shown at club level.

Maradona has guaranteed that Messi will show his true colours for Argentina, stressing that the 24-year-old is just as dedicated to Barca as he is to his international commitments.

"Just leave him alone and stop with those stories that he is Catalan," he told reporters at a press conference. "He is Argentine even when he goes to the bathroom, stop with those stories.

"If he cannot perform for Argentina like he does for Barcelona, we just have to wait. He will get tired of all the jerks who comment on him and have never kicked a football.

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