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Posted by Roy Nemer Thursday, April 07, 2011 Go To Comments

MESSI: "I would never have chosen to play for Spain"

In an interview with, Lionel MESSI revealed that he never would have chosen to play for Spain and also discusses the controversy surroung the Argentina/Costa Rica match.

"I would never have chosen to play for Spain because I am Argentinian. It is true that Spain has treated me very well."

"Let's not forget that I have spent almost as many years living in Barcelona as in Argentina and that leaves you with divided loyalties, but it doesn't change your true colours".

When asked about not playing against Costa Rica, MESSI had this to say:

"I want to be clear that there was no pressure of any kind from Barcelona [not to play]. I couldn't play as I had pulled a leg muscle and I don't understand the reason for such a storm."

Despite some people constantly questioning MESSI's loyalty towards Argentina, I think it's good that he "set the record straight'. Spain tried to convince MESSI to play for their youth side, but he declined and decided to play for Argentina. Even at that, Spain once again tried to get him to play for them, this time for their senior team... once again, MESSI said no.

In 2008, when Barcelona tried to deny MESSI to go to the Olympics, he ended up going and won the gold medal. And now he comes up with these statements which frankly, puts a smile to my face. MESSI's reputation with the National Team has not always been great and some fans have always tried to label him as a Catalan or Spaniard, even though he has over 50 caps for Argentina and won titles with the youth teams.


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Posted on 4/12/2011 at 4:49 AM
gives it 110% in every game even for the NT.
its not his fault that he has monkey's running the NT shop and playing along side him!

messi is a legend. he chose the blue and white, because its in his blood. he is honest to himself and to his family!

well done to him. he is more than just a decent man.

Posted on 4/8/2011 at 9:06 AM
Benfica goals vs PSV.
1st goal - Aimar
2nd goal - Salvio
3rd goal - Salvio
4th goal - Saviola

Posted on 4/8/2011 at 7:08 AM
Two wonderful goals by Salvio yesterday.

Posted on 4/8/2011 at 3:54 AM
Benfica - PSV 4-1


Posted on 4/8/2011 at 2:58 AM
I think that everybody that EVER questioned his loyalty towards la Seleccion is an idiot.

First of all for thinking you know what somebody else feels or thinks.
And secondly because everybody who feels something for his country will always choose for his own Seleccion (unless you have no chance at all to play for it bc you are not good enough)

Posted on 4/8/2011 at 1:52 AM
Out of topic. Next friendlies plan (reported by Ole)

April 20, against Ecuador, in Mar del Plata (Argentina), with the local selection

May 25, to Honduras, in Resistencia (Argentina), with the local selection

June 1, against Nigeria, Lagos (Nigeria) with the Under 25 players comprising operating in Europe

June 4, to Algeria, Switzerland, with players under 25 who play in Europe

June 18, to Guatemala, Buenos Aires (River Plate Stadium), with the squad of players who will play in the Copa America.

Posted on 4/7/2011 at 11:45 PM
out of topic

a piece of news ,about u20 team

i find Facundo Ferreyra ~~~~~~this week ,banfield vs river ,i hope he can have a good performance~~~~

Posted on 4/7/2011 at 7:15 PM
Well, if he did end up choosing Spain over Argentina,
he would've looked pretty silly scoring those two goals that are almost identical to Maradona's infamous two against england haha

Posted on 4/7/2011 at 5:22 PM
well...had he chosen to play for Spain he would have won the WC now and would have already considered as an all time great...glad that he did not do so though :)
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