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04 Sep 2020 12:37:03
Hi Ed, I'm just curious about the Messi to Boca at the end of his career rumours I've seen around a bit. To my understanding he was always more sympathetic towards River Plate than Boca Juniors, and also tried out at the club before moving to Barca. I think it was Maxi Lopez who said he used to watch River's matches with Leo when they were in the Argentina youth team, but Messi has always publicly supported Newells because to support one of Boca or River would massively split public opinion of him in Argentina. Incidentally when he went to the Bernabeu to watch the Libertadores final there was a close up of him as Boca scored, and he seemed to have either no reaction at all or leaning slightly towards a negative reaction. And then there was the goal he scored against River in the club world cup and immediately apologised to the fans for.

Sorry this is getting a bit longwinded but I've always taken all this to show he favours River to Boca, so I'm now wondering why Boca is coming up every time as a club for Messi to retire at, is it due to them possibly being in a stronger financial position? Or following on from legends like Maradona and Riquelme?

Appreciate any insights, thanks!

Greenwood Rovers

{Ed002's Note - It is someway down the line and one day perhaps a season at Inter Miami, Boca or Newell's OB before retirement - players do not always get the chance to play for clubs they support as a child.}




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