After letting bygones be bygones with FIFA, Diego Maradona has been attempting to align himself with new president Gianni Infantino and this week was in Zurich for their annual awards ceremony. In addition to confirming that he would be helping FIFA resolve the issues within the Argentine Football Association, Maradona was again highly critical of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.
It is no secret that Maradona harbours a strong dislike for Icardi ever since his marriage to Maxi López’s ex-wife Wanda Nara and despite the 23-year-old scoring 14 league goals and adding six assists in Serie A this season, the former national team coach still believes Icardi should be excluded from Edgardo Bauza’s squads.
“Before calling Icardi, I would call up [Daniel] Bazán Vera,” Maradona mockingly said, referring to the now retired journeyman striker, who played for a host of Argentine clubs mainly in the lower leagues.
“I like Lucas Pratto a lot so I prefer to leave Icardi outside. There were phone calls from Icardi’s representatives to [Edgardo] Bauza but let’s not talk any more.
“Let Icardi be the seventh choice striker, not the fourth,” concluded the outspoken world cup winner.
Given Icardi’s form and the failures of Argentina’s current strikers, there are many calling for the controversial Inter Milan captain to be La Albiceleste’s first choice, but Maradona is unable to forgive.
In addition to those harsh words, Maradona insists that he will be helping Infantino and FIFA resolve any problems at the AFA.
“I came to FIFA to clean the AFA and that is what I’ll do. If I have to step on people’s heads to do that, I will.
“I already told Infantino that the normalisation committee [currently in charge of the AFA] are leaving and in the same way that we want a transparent FIFA, we want the same for the AFA.
“In the AFA I want honest people, who have not stolen. We need a man with nobility, dignity and who doesn’t want to get rich from the ball and we have to fix the league. We can’t have something embarrassing like the 30-team Primera.”