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Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi lacks the leadership needed to carry a team

Maradona was in Paris on Thursday along with fellow football legends to participate in a promotional event for the European Championship. Pele, who was also in attendance, asked Maradona what he thought about the Barcelona forward.

"He is a great person, but he has no personality," Maradona said. "He doesn't have the personality to be a leader."

"Cristiano without a doubt, is the star," he said. "He's one of those players who can single-handedly put his team in the final. He is football culture. Anyone who likes football, likes Cristiano."

"Pressure? I don't think a player of his experience is under pressure in a tournament," he said. "The ones who should feel pressure are the defences that have to mark him in the game."

He added that the tournament could be won by any country.

"Favourites? In football there are no small rivals. Anyone can surprise you in a game. I see a lot of teams that can do well, but the ball will decide. For example, England have improved somewhat," he said.

"There are several players I want to see in the tournament. [Eden] Hazard, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Wayne] Rooney, [Andres] Iniesta ... they're the ones who make you want to sit in front of the TV to watch the games."


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