Johannesburg: Legendary footballer Diego Maradona has laid into the debate over Lionel Messi's form with the national team, saying that he should be treated like any other player.

The former Argentina forward has backed all those people who have been cricitising Messi over his performance with the national team.

Diego MaradonaDiego Maradona. Pic/ AFP

Maradona said that it was logical that he comes in for flak as it was easy to explain, Sport24 reported.

According to him, Messi was one of the best players in the world, who goes and scores four goals against Real Sociedad and then he comes to Argentina and doesn't even touch the ball.

The 54-year old also asked if the Barcelona star was Argentinian or Swedish.

Messi has been facing the criticism from all over Argentina fans after he finished on the losing side as Chile won the 2015 Copa America.

He scored just one goal in six appearances for his nation in contrast to the spectacular season he had with Barcelona in Spain.