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Messi s’explique après son absence à Hong Kong

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published yesterday at 7:50 p.m., Updated 16 minutes ago

Lionel Messi did not come off the bench in Hong Kong. Lam Yik / REUTERS

The former Barça and PSG player remained on the bench on February 4, during a friendly match of his team, Inter Miami, in Hong Kong. It is justified on the Chinese social network Weibo.

Argentine football star Lionel Messi was keen to explain in a video on Monday the reasons for his absence during a friendly match of his club, Inter Miami, in Hong Kong on February 4, which had created controversy. “As everyone knows, I always want to play and be present in every matchâ€the 36-year-old eight-time Ballon d’Or is justified in this video published on the Chinese social network Weibo. “I heard that I didn’t want to play for political reasons, but if that had been the case I wouldn’t have made the trip to Hong Kong.”.

The former star of FC Barcelona, ​​the reigning world champion in Qatar, also stressed that since the start of his football career, his relations with China had always been “very good and very tightâ€. “I did a lot of things with China, interviews, and matches with both Barcelona and the Argentine selection.”.

I had inflammation in my adductors.

Lionel Messi

Messi once again assured that he did not play due to physical problems. “It’s as simple as I already said: I had inflammation in my adductors and I couldn’t play. I read and heard a lot of things after what happened during the match in Hong Kong, that’s why I decided to make this video to explain what it was. is really, so you don’t have to read false things.”he added.

Lionel Messi and Inter Miami angered spectators when the star remained on the substitutes’ bench during a friendly match against a local team in Hong Kong, a semi-Chinese territory. autonomous. Messi had cited an injury.

The spectators, who had paid up to 4,800 Hong Kong dollars (570 euros), had expressed their dissatisfaction with the absence of the player, but especially with his attitude, because he had not addressed © to the public to apologize. The controversy further escalated when on February 7 Messi played 30 minutes of a friendly match against Kobe in Japan.

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