Diego Maradona Rips Into Argentina After Loss To Venezuela

Diego Maradona might be much maligned for his behaviour over the last few years but there's no doubting the Argentina legend is passionate for the national team. After a loss against Venezuela he's given a scathing assessment of the team.

Traditionally Argentina are one of the biggest and best countries when it comes to international tournaments and we'd always expect them to be competing for honours.

As well as their tradition, they've won more World Cups than England after all, the current crop has Lionel Messi amongst their ranks so they should really win something.

The Barcelona forward is far and away their best player and without him they wouldn't have even qualified for last summer's World Cup, with Messi scoring a hat-trick in the must win final qualifying game.

But the five time Ballon d'Or winner couldn't help them get further than the second round in Russia, losing to eventual winners France in the last 16.

Since losing in the World Cup the 31 year old has been unavailable for international games but made his comeback against Venezuela on Friday but the team lost 3-1 in the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

One man who was thoroughly fed up with watching the team, and Argentina FA president Claudio Tapia, was Diego Maradona, talking to AS the 1986 World Cup winner said:

"I prefer not to watch horror films but I don't know how the inept bunch who are in charge of Argentina thought they were going to beat Venezuela."

"It hurts me because I feel Argentinian to the core, but with the generation of players like [Oscar] Ruggeri, [Gabriel] Batistuta, [Claudio] Caniggia... the current team don't deserve to wear the shirt and those players had it tattooed on them.

"We'd give our lives to see the back of [Claudio] Tapia, who has no idea what he's doing."

Messi wasn't happy during the loss. Image: PA Images
Messi wasn't happy during the loss. Image: PA Images

Adding more criticism of Tapia the former Napoli forward continued, "I feel sorry for the Argentinian people, who continue to believe in this liar, and I feel sorry for the players who have to take the consequences when the people that should be doing so are the directors who are giving away the prestige of the Argentina national team."

The team don't seem to be doing too well right now but between 2014 and 2016 they did get to the World Cup final and two Copa America finals in a row and lost all three after 90 minutes, with one extra time loss and two on penalties.

Will Messi ever get his hands on international gold?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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