Argentina legend, Diego Maradona has absolved Lionel Messi of blame after the national team captain missed a penalty in their 1-1 with Iceland on Saturday.
The South Americans took the lead through Sergio Aguero in the 19th minute, but Alfred Finnbogason equalized four minutes later.
Messi missed the chance to make it 2-1 from the spot, with the goalkeeper palming his spot kick away.
Maradona, who captained Argentina to win the World Cup title in Mexico in 1986, told Tyc Sports: “I cannot blame the players, let alone him (Messi).
“I cannot blame him for not working, I do not blame the players, least of all Messi who gave everything he had to give.
“I missed five penalties in a row and yet I was Diego Armando Maradona.”
Argentina will face Croatia in their next game on Thursday.