The duel between Atlético de Madrid Y FC Barcelona it was going to mean the reunion of two great friends: Leo Messi Y Luis Suarez. The summer of 2020 will be remembered by the two as one of the most eventful and traumatic of their sports careers. The Argentine sent a burofax to leave Barça, while the Uruguayan striker was opened the door from the board and the coaching staff of the Blaugrana team to end up joining Simeone’s team. In such an unusual year, almost the only thing that is still valid are the praises of Barça’s ’10’.
“Messi is a different player. Being such an even game, if he had worn our shirt, we would have won“.”There are only two options to see Agüero play alongside Messi: with the Argentine national team shirt or with Atlético de Madrid“.
Those two declarations, lapidary, were pronounced by the Cholo Simeone and Enrique Cerezo respectively. Perhaps two of the three men who rule the most in the Athletics. And the two will always remain for the newspaper library. The first one did it after lose 1-0 against Barça with a goal from Leo Messi missing and the second to escape the rumors that placed Kun Agüero in the Blaugrana team. And both are history, because, One day, Leo Messí wore the Atlético de Madrid shirt.
Was the June 13, 2009 in Rosario, to be more exact. Leo Messi put on the Atlético de Madrid shirt in a charity match (‘Solidarity without borders’) which was organized by the ‘Fundación Atlético de Madrid’ and the ‘Fundación Pupi Zanetti’, then captain of Inter, in order to help underprivileged children in Argentina.
The rojiblanco team was very grateful for the gesture and participation of Leo Messi in an act which culminated the work carried out by the foundation of the colchoneros in Rosario, hometown of the Barça footballer. Enrique Cerezo visited Argentina in 2008 and, precisely, it was in Rosario where Atleti laid the foundations to improve the Transit Home of the First-Time Single Mother.
The ’10’ of Barça was part of the team of ‘Los amigos de Maxi Rodríguez’, captain of Atlético de Madrid on the date of the match. Messi played the first half with Maxi’s team and the second half with ‘Zanetti’s friends’.
The meeting ended with a victory for ‘Maxi’s friends’
That charity game ended with a 6-4 victory for Maxi Rodríguez’s team, Rosario like Messi. More than 20,000 people gathered for the appointment at the stadium of Newell’s Old Boys, a club of which both fans are Maxi Rodriguez like Leo Messi.
Maxi Rodríguez’s team was made up of Maxi himself, Leo Franco, Leo Messi, Belluschi, Dezotti, Quintana, Liendo, Vella, Saltaña, Scaloni and Petete Rodríguez. Zanetti’s set was formed Lux, Walter Samuel, Trotta, Garfagnoli, Coria, Alfredo Berti, Jonás Gutiérrez, Lavezzi, Denis and Reggi.
The gesture of Leo Messi, collaborating with the Atlético de Madrid Foundation, made the Argentine star wear the shirt of the mattress set without problems. A team that is his second favorite victim (32 goals in 37 games) and the one who has scored a goal in the last three LaLiga games. This indecipherable 2020 only needs to put Messi and Luis Suárez back together in the same team.