Former Argentina star Claudio Caniggia has claimed that Diego Maradona, who he played alongside, had more backing from his teammates than Lionel Messi has now.
Maradona was the key for the Albiceleste in their 1986 World Cup victory, and for all his achievements at club level, Messi has yet to emulate his former coach and win a major trophy with Argentina.
“Messi doesn’t get the same support from his teammates as Maradona did. I think that’s true,” Caniggia told FIFA’s official website.
Nevertheless, Caniggia was full of praise for Argentina’s attacking players, although not as much for their defence.
“What’s in our favour is that the best-attacking players can put fear into anyone. Their names alone unsettle the opposition. The other teams don’t think: ‘Higuain is being criticised in Argentina’. They think: ‘he’s Juventus’ top goalscorer,'” the former winger said.
“Our weak point is that we’re still not solid at the back, and there are still a couple of places up for grabs.”
Argentina will begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland on 16 June before further group stage games against Croatia and Nigeria.