Praise and congratulations for the level of his game are an everyday thing for Lionel Messi. The Argentine is used to receiving the recognition of fans and rivals almost daily, although there is another type of greeting that he receives only once a year and has nothing to do with what he does on a playing field.
This time, the dozens of messages that reached ‘Lio’ were on the occasion of his birthday. The Barcelona striker reached the age of 33 on Wednesday June 24 and received signs of affection from various colleagues as well as from institutions around the world. One of the most outstanding, without a doubt, was the one dedicated by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS).
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The institution congratulated Messi through his social networks with some curious words, because, far from highlighting his achievements, what stood out was the unflattering history of the footballer before the current world runner-up.
“Happy birthday Leo Messi! Did you know that he scored his first international goal against Croatia in 2006? ”Begins the greeting published by the entity. “And did you know that his team only lost three times when he scored a goal, including that game in Basel?” He continues.
🎉🎂 Happy birthday, Leo #Messi! 🎈🎁
Did you know that he scored his first international goal against #Croatia in 2006? 👏🏼
And did you know that his team lost only three times when I scored a goal, including that game in Basel? 🤔
– HNS (@HNS_CFF) June 24, 2020
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But that was not all. In a second tweet, the Croatian federation delved into the provocation towards the captain of the Albiceleste national team.
“And did you know that, despite all its brilliance, has a losing record against Croatia? Birthday boy, how about we schedule another rematch… let’s say December 18, 2022 in Qatar? ”Ends the post.
Fact: With Argentina, Lionel Messi faced Croatia three times, with the balance of two defeats and one victory. The last crossing between the two ended with a 3-0 victory for the Balkans at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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