Maradona feels Messi needs to show more character

July 26th, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Buenos Aires, July 26 (Xinhua) Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona feels that Lionel Messi needs to show more character, after his club Barcelona refused to let him go for the Beijing Olympics. “I wish he changes his temperament, because I don’t see him going and fighting for the prizes,” Maradona told Fox Sports.

“The Catalans are very stubborn, they won’t give it to you just like that,” he said. “Barcelona club must know that there is a country behind, that there is a gold medal at risk, that is something that if we put aside basketball and hockey we don’t have many chances to get it.”

Messi has expressed his desire to help Argentina defend their Olympic title but Barcelona has been reluctant to let him go, as he will be needed for early Champions League matches.

The Olympic tournament begins Aug 6 with the final Aug 23, but the first leg of the third Champions League preliminary round is scheduled for Aug 12-13.

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