Messi was handed his lengthy ban following last week’s 1-0 win over Chile, where he scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
However, his absence from Argentina’s next four fixtures leaves the country in serious jeopardy of failing to qualify for the World Cup in 2018.
And Argentina legend Diego Maradona isn’t impressed with the punishment handed to Messi, claiming he will speak with FIFA president Gianni Infantino on the matter.
However most interestingly, during Maradona’s interview with La Oral Deportiva, the World Cup winner claimed Lionel Messi rarely returns his calls.
An interesting anecdote considering most Argentine footballers idolise the 56-year-old.
He said, “Four matches for Messi is a lot and while the words were harsh, for me, it looks like it can be changed.
“It’s easier to speak with Mauricio Macri (Argentina’s president) than with Messi.
“I’ve called Messi a lot of times to talk but never got a response back. Messi’s a great guy who doesn’t complain about anything, trains… He’s like a teddy bear with his team mates.”
It seems unlikely that Maradona will have any impact on FIFA’s ruling, despite his legendary status within the game.