Football

Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi admits scoring against River Plate made him feel guilty

Published 15 Comments

Football News
24/7

Lionel Messi has scored 497 goals for Barcelona and Argentina but there is one that he wishes he never watched fly into the back of the net.

The Argentine scored the opening goal in the 2015 Club World Cup final as Messi clinched his third winners medal thanks to a 3-0 win.

The problem, though, was that the goal came against River Plate.

SUBMIT AN ARTICLE

Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5

The final was played in Japan and Messi is upset that he crushed the dreams of thousands of River Plate fans who had travelled from South America to Asia to watch their team.

“It was the effort of all those people that travelled to Japan, the dream they had,” he told FIFA.

Article continues below

“And it’s hard for me as an Argentinian to have scored the first goal and ruined all that.

“I didn’t ask for forgiveness but I do feel guilty somehow.”

Watch Messi's revelation

Messi’s honesty is admirable but the Argentinians who attended the game probably didn’t even expect their team to win. In fact, most were probably there to watch Messi in action.

Though they might have been upset to see an Uruguayan steal the show. Luis Suarez’s brace sealed a comfortable win for Luis Enrique’s side as they won their fifth trophy of 2015.

Messi is planning Argentina return

Messi revealed earlier this month his desire to return to Argentina when his Barcelona career is over. The Ballon d’Or winner played for Newell’s Old Boys before moving to Spain as a youngster.

He was quoted by The Guardian as telling Argentinian magazine El Grafico: “It’s something that I would still like to do. I don’t know when, but it’s a possibility.

“I haven’t set myself any goals, short or long term, but I’d like to keep playing while my body allows it and I have something to offer the team. When I know that it’s time, I’ll make a decision.”

TOPSHOT-FBL-ESP-LIGA-RAYOVALLECANO-FCBARCELONA-RAYO-BARCELONA

World Cup dreams

Argentina will be delighted to see their prodigal son return and they’ll be even happier if he comes back a World Cup winner.

Messi has won every major tournament and individual accolade football has to offer but hasn’t been able to win the biggest of them all.

In fact, many are unwilling to declare Messi the greatest player of all time until he wins the World Cup.

Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final

He came close in 2014 but Argentina were beaten in extra-time by Germany in the final.

Messi has admitted he has a burning desire to lift the famous gold trophy.

“I prefer to win something with the national team,” he said, per The Guardian. “I am not interested in records. They are there, but that does not make you win titles.

“I get upset whenever we lose with Argentina because I know that we should have won. We did enough to win the World Cup and the Copa América.”

Is Leo Messi the greatest player in football history? Have your say in the comments section below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Barcelona
Luis Suarez
La Liga
Argentina Football
Neymar
Lionel Messi
Football
Sergio Aguero

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again