Maradona is demanding access to the team’s training ground, in a bid to heal the rifts that have torn Jorge Sampaoli’s squad apart.
The Albiceleste go into the final Group D clash with Nigeria on one point, following a draw with Iceland and a 3-0 humiliation in the hands of Croatia.
Report says the beleaguered boss Sampaoli has been at war with a number of his top players, including Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
Maradona now wants permission to speak to the squad, in a bid to lift their morale ahead of their clash against the Super Eagles.
“I played with my life whenever I got the Argentine shirt.
“Legends like Simeone, Redondo, Ruggeri, Canniggia, Filol, Luque and Gallego did exactly the same.
“I want to be able to talk to the players and make them understand what it means to wear the national shirt,” he said on Argentina TV.