Despite the adversity, Lionel Messi is set to maintain his great form against Colombia in the Copa America quarterfinal.
Lionel Messi has a way of making people lose their minds. Argentina’s equipment manager, Mario Di Stéfano, was so thrilled following Argentina’s 3-0 triumph against Ecuador in the Copa America quarterfinal on Saturday night that he nearly head-butted him in joy.
Messi, 34, was the hero of Argentina’s victory, setting up two goals for Rodrigo de Paul and Lautaro Martinez and scoring one himself from a straight free-kick. He was at the end of one especially vicious piece of praise as he made his way off the field to be congratulated.
“Loves that cause pain. “Be wary of the number 10,” the tournament’s social media account warned.
Messi was afterward spotted in agony caressing his right cheekbone — the region that received the majority of the equipment manager’s affection — according to Radio Miter.
Despite the negative consequences of the tough love, Messi is likely to maintain his great form in Tuesday’s semifinal against Colombia at Brasilia’s National Mané Garrincha stadium.