"Argentina is immensely better with him than without him".
Various high-profile Argentina players including Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero are reportedly set to quit global football after a poor display at the FIFA World Cup 2018 group stage in Russian Federation.
Javier Mascherano has denied all reports that relations between Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli and the national team squad have broken down.More news: Brigitte Nielsen Gives Birth to Baby Girl
Maradona, who captained Argentina to glory in 1986, and is one of his Country's most vocal supporters, believes that the nature of his former sides lacklustre performance against the Croats was an insult to players who have worn the famous Blue and White shirt in the past.
The 29-year-old, who is now preparing for a gruelling 81-day long tour of England, uploaded a video yesterday on his Instagram page - a video of Cristiano Ronaldo's jaw-dropping free-kick against Spain during Portugal's first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
ARGENTINA lost 3-0 to Croatia in their second World Cup 2018 outing tonight - but which men disappointed most for them?
Messi led Argentina to the World Cup final four years ago and consecutive Copa America finals in the following two years, but all three ended in defeat.More news: Police make arrests in killing of Bronx teenager
"Leo is fine", Mascherano told a news conference. When I transferred to Leicester City and we played against Barcelona I scored another two goals, so I think in the next game anything can happen.
Born in 1987, Messi will be gifted a copy of the FIFA World Cup long with a birthday cake by the people of Bronnitsy, the place where they are residing presently in Russian Federation for their World Cup campaign.
Messi has come under fire in Russian Federation, where Argentina are in danger of making a group-stage exit after drawing with Iceland and losing 3-0 to Croatia. They face Argentina on June 26.More news: Mascherano: No Crisis In Argentina Camp, Coach Sampaoli Still In Charge