Lionel Messi is in the center of media talks due to his ongoing feud with his long-term boyhood club, FC Barcelona. However, his international teammate, Rodrigo De Paul, recently revealed his lighter side. Besides, he also expressed his regard for the Argentine legend and said he would go to war with the Argentine champion if he calls him.
Lionel Messi became the captain of the Argentine national football team in 2011. In that same year, he also received the armband in FC Barcelona. And the Udinese star, Rodrigo De Paul, earned his first international cap for Argentina in 2018. But during the past two years, he became a regular member of the playing squad participating in all the big tournaments.
Argentine footballer Rodrigo De Paul praises the inspirational leadership of Lionel Messi
While talking about the leadership of Lionel Messi, Argentine star Rodrigo De Paul said, “You look up to him obviously, but when you start sharing things with him, he is so transparent that instead of telling him what you think of him, you feel more like asking him about his little kids or of reminding him of the time he took you out with his studs up in a Valencia-Barcelona game.”
He said, “When he becomes your captain, you’d go to war for him if he asked you to.” The Udinese star then also talked about the talent of Lionel Messi, and said, “The key thing is that everyone knows what they’re expected to do, nobody is trying to hog the headlines. The only untouchable one is Leo. The rest of us contribute by doing whatever is asked of us.”
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Rodrigo De Paul said “That’s what they say, but sometimes I’ll just throw an idea out and some others will quickly run with it…Tucu Pereyra, Leo Paredes…Even Messi himself will join in – I’m not the only one.” The Argentinian star then added, “He may lack experience as a head coach, but he has 30 years’ experience of the dressing room.”
He said, “He understands how groups work, knows his trade, came up through the national youth teams, played at a World Cup.” Rodrigo also talked about the immense determination of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and said, “I don’t know how many people would have had the determination to implement the changes he made or to call up players not among the top teams in world football.”