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Diego Maradona is willing to coach Argentina for free

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What looked like being a triumphant summer for Argentina ultimately ended in failure after they succumbed to a penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the 2016 Copa America final.

The result led to the unexpected international retirement of Lionel Messi, as well as the departure of Gerardo Martino who, like his star player, opted to leave of his own accord.

As a result, one of the world's most illustrious footballing nations is in something of a crisis right now. Who better to solve it, then, than the only other Argentinian who could be put in the same category as Messi?

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Diego Maradona, speaking to Fox Sports via Goal.com, has this week put himself in the running to fill Martino's shoes and return to manage his country.

What's more, the all-time great of the game has even offered to do it free of charge after the AFA were unable to attract some other high-profile candidates:

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"Diego Simeone was not interested in the job for financial reasons. Money is not an issue for me," Maradona explained.

"A lot of people seem to think I am an expensive coach. But what about Mourinho? And Ancelotti or Simeone? I don't know how expensive I am compared to these coaches.

"I am starting to miss coaching more and more. I miss working with the players and fighting with the journalists."

Second chance?

Maradona has previous as the head coach of Argentina, of course. The former Barcelona and Napoli star managed his country between 2008 and 2010, and was in charge as La Albiceleste were dumped out of the 2010 World Cup 0-4 by Germany at the quarter-finals stage.

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Indeed, with Argentina having, at one stage, looked unlikely to qualify for the South Africa tournament after an inconsistent qualifying campaign, it is unclear whether the Argentinian Football Association would be willing to consider giving the 55-year-old a second chance.

Nevertheless, with no manager in place and the start qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup just two months out, the South American nation needs to act fairly quickly to get a structure in place.

Lack of options

Maradona wouldn't be the first name that springs to mind when it comes to structure and organisation, but there is no doubt his appointment would galvanise a lot of the country, and he would certainly back himself to convince Messi to return to the fold too.

Argentina v Chile: Championship - Copa America Centenario

Argentina's World Cup qualifying campaign begins on September 2 when they take on Uruguay before travelling to face Venezuela on September 7.

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World Cup
Lionel Messi
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Euro 2016
Diego Maradona
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