With Saturday’s World Cup Group D opener locked at 1-1, Messi had the chance to restore Argentina’s advantage when Maxi Meza was shoved in the area.
Iceland’s goalkeeper, Hannes Halldorsson, however, had other ideas, keeping out the penalty with a strong save to ensure a share of the points.
But Maradona has leapt to the defence of the Argentine captain pointing out that even the best players can make mistakes from the penalty spot, including himself. He said;
“I missed five penalties in a row and I was still Diego Armando Maradona, the game and the two points lost by the team are not down to his penalty. He showed his face and gave everything he had to give. The ‘kid’ did his duty. Seeing him on the field, he was pretty pissed off. Just like I would have been. It was all him, he always had to shrug two players off and when he did, there was no pass open.”