Maradona: "Messi is a friend of mine and I never talk badly about a friend in public. I would say it to the face, and not through an interview. About Messi, all I would say is that he is a phenomenon and nothing more."
"There are players that go to the bathroom 20 times but I never referred to Messi. What I wanted from him at the 2010 World Cup was to change, go on the pitch, look for the ball. I want to say that what I have with Leo is unconditional."
"Love, peace, affection and of course I want to give Messi a big hug because it is a long time since I saw him. Have I spoken to Messi about this issue? Since Messi joined Barcelona they want us to be always fighting."
"Will Messi return to the national team? I think so. We will see because if not then we are in trouble as we haven't anyone that can hit a wall."