Argentina started their work in the 2018 World Cup with a 1-1 draw when facing Iceland. Sergio Aguero brought La Albiceleste ahead before Alfred Finnbogason equalized for Iceland’s World Cup debutant.
Messi had a chance to score for Argentina through a penalty execution. But Messi’s kick from the white point did not produce results due to goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson. Both teams share one point in Group D 2018 World Cup.
“I do not blame the players, I can blame the lack of work ethic, but I do not blame the players, especially Messi who has tried my best,” Maradona said as quoted by the BBC.
“I never missed a five-game penalty and I’m still a Diego Armando Maradona They did not lose two points because Messi missed a penalty,” he said.
The Argentine football legend, who as coach ever brought Argentina into the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals, has generally expressed his dissatisfaction with preparations for Iceland especially related to an opponent’s counter-goal.
“It’s a shame, there is no preparation (good) for the match given that Icelanders have a posture of 1.90 meters,” Maradona said.