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Just over three months after the end of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, it has come to light complaints from the president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin against Leo Messi for not having stopped the offensive gestures of his teammate Emiliano ´Dibu´ Martínez towards Kylian Mbappé after the final in which Argentina was crowned world champion against France.
This week the book “Messianico” by the Argentine journalist Sebastián Fest and the Frenchman Alexandre Juillard was published in Argentina, which included some statements by Ceferin stating that The captain of ‘La Albiceleste’ “should have said something (to Dibu Martínez), told him to stop doing that, to show some respect.”
“In the end, Messi plays all year with (Kylian) Mbappé”opined the president of the governing body of European football on the situation.
“If you see how he reacted during penalties… I can’t understand why he makes fun of Mbappé, the puppet thing and things like that. That is not sportsmanship, it was primitive and I didn’t like it”, he added, criticizing the attitude of the Argentine goalkeeper.
With the passing of the interview carried out for the aforementioned book, the also Slovenian lawyer did not stop attacking Martínez and recalled the gesture he made when he received the award for Best Goalkeeper in the World Cup and He brought it close to his intimate parts, something he described as “a disgusting thing” and part of his “his reactions were primitive.”
“That is not done. You won the World Cup! Show some greatness, show you’re not a primitive. You can be a perfect goalkeeper, but if you’re not a good person…”, he specified.
Having expressed his displeasure, Aleksander Ceferin took the time to talk about what he considers Messi’s great job as leader of his team to achieve this great achievement. “Without him, Argentina would not have even reached the quarterfinals,” he opined.
“When you don’t know what to do on the pitch, you pass the ball to Messi. I was sure that the final, which was fantastic, was finished, that the cup already belonged to Messi. And in the end it was deserved, Argentina was better than France”, he declared.
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