Barcelona icon Lionel Messi admits his 'surprise' about Zinedine Zidane exit at Real Madrid

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Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has admitted he was left utterly “surprised” by Zinedine Zidane’s resignation as Real Madrid head coach.

Zidane, 45, shocked the world on May 31 when he announced his decision to walkaway from Santiago Bernabeu after nine trophies in two-and-a-half glorious years at the helm.

“I was surprised, a lot because nobody expected it,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo, about his great El Clasico rival. “But he will also have his reasons.

“The truth is that I do not know what will have happened but it is also good to leave the way he left.

“During the time he was there, he won practically everything.”

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Lionel Messi gallery: Argentina ace steps up World Cup bid at Barcelona training ground

David Cooper 5/06/2018
Fitness work: Lionel Messi looks in optimum shape for the World Cup.

Lionel Messi continued his preparations for World Cup 2018 in very familiar surroundings.

The Argentina squad are this week training at Barcelona‘s famed Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper base, which is Messi’s home, day in, day out, when playing for his club.

The 30-year-old has already given his team-mates a tour of the facility as they get ready for Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

Check out the maestro training in the gallery above!

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Diego Maradona says Lionel Messi has nothing to prove to Argentina at World Cup

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Simpler times: Maradona and Messi at the 2010 World Cup.

Diego Maradona believes Lionel Messi has nothing to prove to Argentina fans ahead of the World Cup this month.

Messi has failed to match his glittering record of club success at the international level, having yet to win a trophy with Argentina. La Albiceleste have not won the World Cup since Maradona led them to the trophy in 1986.

However, the older Argentina legend says his younger counterpart should not play with the burden of having to win in order to cement his legacy.

“I would advise Messi to keep playing, to enjoy the game,” Maradona told Omnisport.

“He has to forget about the critics, if he can win the World Cup or not.

“He doesn’t have to demonstrate anything. He has to enjoy the game on the field.

“I don’t know [coach Jorge] Sampaoli, I don’t know how he plays. But, I know a lot of the players and I know they will give everything.

“And I think they have a good opportunity to win. But I don’t choose [Argentina] as a favourite because the favourite one never wins.”

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