Lionel Mesi gets new nickname from Argentina teammates
Lionel Messi has been given a bizarre new nickname by his Argentina teammates.
Per the Mirror, Messi posted a message to social media which read: “As the weasel stings.”
Midfielder Papu Gomez was the first to respond and he said: “The weasel is crazy.”
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is regularly called the ‘G.O.A.T’ (Greatest Of All Time) and the acronym is even on the sleeve of Paris Saint-Germain’s shirts this season.
Lionel Scaloni’s side are up there among the favourites for the World Cup, despite Argentina not winning the competition since 1986.
They did win the Copa America in 2021 and defeated European Champions Italy in June to claim the Finalissima trophy.
It’s likely to be Messi’s last World Cup and he’s hoping ‘La Albiceleste’ can take a fully fit squad, given how many club games lie between now and the tournament beginning in November.
He told TyC Sports: “I think it is complicated at the level of matches, there are many games and little rest time but you have to face it as always, if you are going to play thinking about the World Cup, taking care of yourself or not messing up in the end can be worse.
“I am one of those who think that things happen because they happen and if things have to happen they will happen, God willing nothing happens to anyone and we can all arrive as we are.”
Argentina are in Group C along with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. They will start their campaign against Saudi Arabia on November 22.
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