Diego Maradona on advice he gave Lionel Messi to turn him into goal machine

Football legend, Diego Maradona has revealed the advice he gave Lionel Messi which turned the Barcelona player into a goalscoring machine.

 

Maradona, who coached Messi when he was the manager of the Argentina national team between 2008 and 2010 said he taught the five-times Ballon d’Or winner how to become a goalscoring machine as well as improving his free-kick technique during the 2010 World Cup.

 

Messi who has 136 goals for Argentina bagged eight goals directly from free-kicks last season.

 

Maradona, now coach of Argentine club Gimnasia during a recent press conference said in quotes, “At the World Cup where I was the coach (of Argentina), I took charge of the best version of Messi.

 

“I coached the best, Messi, and nobody can tell me otherwise, because he was able to skip past up to five players – a phenomenon,” the ex-Barcelona and Napoli forward said.

 

“He had an issue with free-kicks. When we finished every training session, we kept Leo behind so he could practice, and he started to hit the post.

 

“I didn’t teach him how to take a free-kick, then he asked me how I was able to score. I said, ‘you just have to hit it in the middle. They aren’t going to give me an Oscar to teach you this’.

 

“And he replied, ‘but I hit it in the middle and the ball goes this way or that way’ and I told him, ‘don’t worry, you’re going to make it’. Now he just can’t miss.”

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