World Cup winning captain Daniel Passarella has made the bold statement that it would be beneficial to Argentina to take the captain’s armband from Lionel Messi and suggested a better fit would be Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
The 63-year-old is an iconic figure in Argentine football after lifting the World Cup in 1978 but in more recent years has attracted plenty of negative headlines over his tenure as River Plate president.
Speaking with Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, Passarella said: “I would take the captain’s armband from Messi as it would be a way to take a load off.
“Argentina has a great leader, who could cover the real lack and for me, that player is Ramiro Funes Mori. He should be the captain of the national team,” affirmed El Kaiser.
Passarella knows a thing or two about captaining La Albiceleste and explained why he came to this conclusion.
“The leadership of a group is different to how you play on the pitch and the talents specific to each player.
“I am a huge admirer of Messi. I base this more than anything on Messi’s personality. He is more shy, more reserved.”
Messi has been captain of Argentina since Alejandro Sabella gave him the armband in 2011 and in that time led La Albiceleste to a World Cup final and two Copa América finals.