Maradona’s World Cup absence “strange” for Messi, Argentina


              People walk past a mural of former Argentine player Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, on a street prior to kick off the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks beside a statue of the late soccer star Diego Maradona during a commemoration in his honor in Doha, in Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
            
              People walk past a mural of former Argentine player Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, on a street prior to kick off the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks beside a statue of the late soccer star Diego Maradona during a commemoration in his honor in Doha, in Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
            
              People walk past a painting of Argentinian soccer idol Diego Armando Maradona in a pedestrian area in downtown Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
            
              Argentinian fan holds up banner with soccer legend Diego Maradona as the fan zone opens ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
            
              Argentina's fans hold a picture of soccer legend Diego Maradona prior the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
            
              A fan wears a shirt of soccer legend Diego Maradona cheers prior to the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
            
              Argentina's fans hold a banner showing Diego Maradona handing over the trophy to Lionel Messi prior to the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
            
              Children pose for a picture with a statue of the late soccer star Diego Maradona during a commemoration in his honor in Doha, in Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Maradona’s World Cup absence “strange” for Messi, Argentina