Argentina international Pereyra backs Messi after Maradona blasted Barca star
Argentina international Roberto Pereyra issued sent words of support towards his teammate Lionel Messi after Barca star had been blasted by Diego Maradona.
Maradona's rant referred to Argentina's exit from the World Cup in the summer. The 57-year-old icon claimed Messi's antics make him not worthy of being a leader.
"He does ask for it [the leadership] on the pitch, but before speaking to team-mates he'll go and play the Playstation," Maradona told Mexican programme 'La Ultima Palabra’, as cited by the Daily and Sunday Express.
"For me, it's difficult to talk, but it's pointless wanting to make a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a match into the leader," added the retired footballer.
Roberto Pereyra defended Messi after Maradona's criticism.
"Messi, everyone knows the category, the class and the greatness of the player," he told Goal.
"He demonstrates his greatness in every game even when he doesn’t score just his presence creates fear.
"For me, yes [he is the greatest player of all time]. I have seen him play and seen what he does in training.
"I have not seen anyone else do the same and then at Barcelona he has demonstrated just how great a player he is for everything that he has won. And he will surely continue winning until he stops playing."