25 Jul Argentina FW on Ronaldo tattoo: Not anti-Messi
The Palmeiras forward, who came off the bench in Argentina’s 1-0 defeat to Italy in her team’s FIFA Women’s World Cup opener on Monday, posted on Instagram a picture of Ronaldo having his arm around Argentina captain Messi with the message: “Please enough, I’m not having a good time.
“At what point did I say I’m ‘Anti Messi’? Stop saying things that I didn’t say because the truth is that I’m having a bad time (in the middle of a World Cup representing the country). I don’t have a bad time for you but for the atrocities that are said, without mercy. Can’t you have an idol or a player you like?”
Rodriguez, who has a tattoo of Argentina legend Diego Maradona on her left thigh, added: “I never said that I am ‘Anti Messi,’ I never would be. Messi is our great captain of the National Team, but the fact that I say that my idol and my inspiration is CR7 does not mean that I hate Messi… I like another player more, the one who inspired me. What is the problem?
“We are not all obliged to only love the players of our country. Please understand that this is football and each one has appreciation, their preferences, and highlighting one does not mean burying the other. Enough, it tires, it hurts.”
Rodriguez is playing in her first World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Ronaldo and Messi are considered two of the best players of all time having won 12 Ballons d’Or between them.
Messi, who joined Inter Miami CF earlier this month as a free agent, captained Argentina to their first World Cup title since 1982 at last year’s tournament in Qatar.