World Cup 2014: Why Diego Maradona's Heart is Bleeding for Lionel Messi

Maradona feels Argentina could be in trouble in World Cup 2014 if they don't lift their game against Belgium in the quarterfinals. Over-dependence on Lionel Messi could also be counter-productive, the legends feels

updated: July 04, 2014 22:49 IST
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"We still haven't got started," said Diego Maradona in a crunching analysis of Argentina's performance in the FIFA World Cup 2014 so far. Argentina will be playing Belgium in a quarterfinal match in Brasilia on Saturday and Maradona feels the team could be in trouble if they play the way they did against Switzerland in the last-16 stage. (Can expectations from Messi hurt Argentina against Colombia?)

Maradona has been a strong critic of the Argentine side. The legendary striker, who won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina, said the over-dependence of Lionel Messi has been counter-productive. Maradona has warned that if Argentina crash out, Messi should not be made a scapegoat. (Complete FIFA World Cup coverage)

"They need to get it into their heads that we can't be 'Sporting Messi'. Maybe he can score a great goal ... but if it doesn't come off for the kid, we can't jump on him tomorrow as if he's guilty of the Argentine disaster," Maradona said on Venezuelan TV. Interestingly, there are murmurs that Maradona could become the coach of Venezuela.

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