Messi played under Pep Guardiola for four years at Barcelona and City have always been suitors of the 31-year-old but the chances of him moving to the Premier League at this stage of his career are slim.
"For me it's hard to talk, but it's pointless wanting to make a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a match into the leader".
Maradona, speaking from the Mexican state of Sinaloa where he coaches local second-tier side Dorados, said Messi's break was sensible.
"There's no two ways about it. Let's stop making a God out of Messi".
"I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never", he said.
"We asked Guardiola to talk to him", he added.
So far this campaign Messi has scored eleven goals in as many appearances for Barcelona across all competitions, while he has provided five assists.