Lionel Messi has launched a stunning, epic foul-mouthed rant on those who have both criticized his performances for Argentina and for not singing the national anthem when it is played before their games.
The Barcelona forward, who is widely regarded to be the best soccer player in the world and last season helped Barcelona to the treble of honors that included winning La Liga, Champions League, and Copa Del Rey, made these comments while talking to TyC Sports (via Bleacher Report).
After being asked what he thought about those who have criticized him and his Argentinian team-mates, Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or four times, erupted, “I get annoyed when they tell us put in more effort, you don’t feel the shirt.”
Messi then politely reminded his critics that over the last 12 months, while playing for Argentina, he has played in the final of the World Cup and Copa America. But in order for them to really get his point and to hammer home his message just that little bit harder, Messi decided to add some rather expletive language.
“We were lucky enough to get to the final of the World Cup and the Copa America and it seems like we didn’t do anything. We got to two finals, for f***’s sake,” he emphatically remarked. “We didn’t win, what can you do, but we got to the final, we didn’t lose in the last-16.”
Messi continued, “Football is not just about effort. We had bad times in the national team for what we experienced. We lost the final of the World Cup against Germany who have great players and we had great chances to win it. With Chile it was the same and we lost on penalties.”
Lionel Messi, who has only just returned from injury after a two month absence, then added that he gets just as frustrated when he is attacked by people for not singing the national anthem, insisting that even though he’s not singing he is still able to feel it.
“I get annoyed by the people who attack you without thinking. I won’t sing the national anthem on purpose. I don’t need to sing it to feel it,” Messi declared. “It reaches me, every person feels it in their own way. The Pumas cry, they feel it differently and that’s OK.”
While Lionel Messi has achieved meteoric success with Barcelona, to such an extent that he is seen as one of the best players to have ever played the game alongside the likes of Pele and Maradona, he hasn’t yet accomplished overwhelming success while playing for Argentina.
In fact, while he has picked up seven La Liga title, three Copa Del Reys, and four Champions League while playing in Spain, as well as countless other domestic honors, while playing internationally he has only claimed a 2005 FIFIA World Youth Championship, a 2008 Olympic Gold Medal, and then the runner-up at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and at the 2007 and 2015 Copa Americas.
And despite his obvious prowess as a soccer player, Lionel Messi’s standing as one of the best players in the history of the game has actually come under threat because of the fact that he hasn’t performed so well at this level. When the arguments over his place on this list are conducted it’s often brought up that Pele and Maradona won World Cups for their national sides, which is something that Messi is yet to accomplish for Argentina. Only time will tell if he’s able to correct this.
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