By JUSTIN FERGUSON
Lionel Messi has hinted that he could return to Argentina to finish his career, saying that he still has a good relationship with his home country despite recent criticism.
The superstar forward told Argentinian television channel TyC Sports that he would like to return to his home country when his newborn son Thiago starts school.
“I would like to return to live in Rosario,” Messi said. “I do not know what will happen. My son will surely begin school there, then I do not know what will happen. I love it there. I have been a long time in Barcelona, and my home is here, but I always want to return home.”
Messi left Rosario club Newell’s Old Boys to join Barcelona’s youth system at the age of 13 and has played his entire professional career with the Catalan giants.
He also addressed criticisms from his fellow countrymen in the interview, saying that some attacks against him have been out of line. Messi said that he did not sing the national anthem before World Cup matches because he was angry with himself—not due to a lack of national pride.
“What they said seemed stupid to me,” he said. “Then I did not sing, it was because I was angry. So many bad things, ugly things, happened with the national team that I heard everything there is to hear…I knew I was not performing well for Argentina, but I was not the only one… I cried more than once, in 2006 and 2010, when we did not achieve our goals.”
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KROOS AND S. BENDER OUT FOR UPCOMING WC QUALIFIER
German national team manager Joachim Loew will cross two more names off of his injury-filled roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan. Midfielders Toni Kroos and Sven Bender were both dropped from Die Mannschaft’s roster on Sunday.
Kroos, who sat out Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, is still recovering from an inflamed knee. Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Bender will miss the qualifiers due to the flu.
Loew is already missing the likes of Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Holger Badstuber, Miroslav Klose and Sven’s twin brother Lars for the Kazakhstan matches. Germany will look to overcome its depth issues and stay at the top of UEFA’s Group C.
POLICE INVESTIGATING WEST HAM FAN INCIDENTS
Two men were arrested Sunday after West Ham’s 2-0 loss at Chelsea for alleged racial incidents.
Police confirmed that the two men, who have met bail, were sitting in the West Ham supporters section at Stamford Bridge.
An investigation has also been launched into allegations of West Ham fans throwing objects at Frank Lampard and John Terry during Sunday’s match. Coins, bottles and hot dogs were thrown in the direction of Chelsea players as they celebrated former West Ham player Lampard’s 200th club goal. Terry was reported to be struck by an object while warming up near West Ham fans prior to the match.
West Ham could be punished by the FA for both incidents. The club said that anyone found to have thrown the objects will face a ban from attending future matches.
West Bromwich Albion says that the club will deal with Peter Odemwingie internally following the striker’s recent Twitter outburst. (REPORT)
Bulgarian club Levski Sofia has refused to accept the resignation of coach Ilian Iliev, who quit the 26-time champions on Sunday. (REPORT)
Promotion candidate Watford, which is currently in third place in the Championship, has been placed under a transfer embargo. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? What are your thoughts on Messi moving back to Argentina after his Barcelona career ends? Think the criticisms from his countrymen are justified?
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