"Bring him those who don't even let him cry! They don't play and they don't even let him cry!"
After Argentina's defeat in the Copa América final, and after Messi announced he would not come back to play for the national team, Diego Armando Maradona had the Blaugrana's player back and used the performance of the Argentine team to attack the responsibles of the AFA, the Argentinian Football Association, in an interview to the Argentinian newspaper La Nación.
"They left Messi on his own and I dont want to leave him alone. That is why I want to talk to him: to fight against all those that left him alone, from the first to the last executive, from Segura to Verón."
"Bring him those that don't even let him cry! They don't play and they don't even let him cry!"
"The way I see it, the only use for this declaration from Leo is to point out all the disasters there are in Argentinian football."
"They put the kid's face to mask all the AFA disasters and so we talk about him and not them today."
"And to hide the fact, also, that we lost two consecutive finals against Chile. Who are not, with all the respect in the world, Holland 74. And we lost them both."
"The truth is that, at that stage, I don't believe anyone. I have the feeling they sent him: 'Please, come out and say something to save us'. It was a disaster and they left him on his own."
"It makes me very sad and very angry what is happening in Argentinian football ¿This is why we scored so many goals? ¿This is why we were tackled so much?"
"Messi has to continue with the national team, he has to continue!" He has to continue because he still has time, because he has to arrive in Russia in the conditions of becoming World Champion."
"We have to give more support to the boys that can help him getting the team forward and at least they must tell him he has to go."