I would coach the national team for free,” said Maradona in an interview with Fox Sports

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has offered to coach the Argentinian National team for free.

Argentina and their FA has been in a state of turmoil since their loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario Final last month.

The loss saw the resignation of former coach Gerardo Martino. Five time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi soon followed announcing his retirement from international football. As the news spread like wildfire, Argentina’s stars were dropping like flies, including Kun Agüero and Javier Mascherano’s international retirement.

Messi’s decision to retire came after an ongoing dispute with the Argentinian FA.

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“Once again waiting on a plane to leave for our destination.What a disaster the AFA are. My god!,” Messi wrote on Instagram.


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Maradona is keen to return as coach of Argentina after his last stint saw him take ‘La Albiceleste’ to the Quarter Finals of the 2010 World Cup.

1986 World Cup winner Maradona says managing Argentina is not about the money.

“A lot of people seem to think I am an expensive coach. But what about Mourinho? And Ancelotti or Simeone?”

“I am starting to miss coaching more and more. I miss working with the players and fighting with the journalists”. 

Julio Olarticoechea will take over the reigns as Coach during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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