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WATCH: Lionel Messi plays ruthless brand of football with sons in backyard, wife says “let the kids win”

The seven-time Ballon d'Or award winner was showing no mercy towards his sons in the friendly game.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 5 April 2022 7:31 pm

Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the best footballers of all time. It is a given that one cannot be a sporting great inspiring several generations, without an obsession to win. The same was on display in a viral video from a backyard football match in which Messi was playing with his sons.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or award winner was showing no mercy towards his sons- in the friendly game. From what was on display, it looked like Messi and his youngest son Ciro were on the same team while his other sons- – Thiago and Matteo were in the opposition team.

Although it was incredible to see Messi wanting his kids to get the better of him to get the ball, his wife Antonella did not too pleased with her husband’s attitude. “Deja ganar a los nenes (Let the kids win),” Antonella wrote while sharing the video on her Instagram story.

Have a look at the video here:

Messi recently scored in PSG’s 5-1 win over Lorient on Sunday. While the Argentine netted the final goal of the match in the 73rd minute, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar scored a brace respectively in the fixture.

After the match, Mbappe, who has been linked with a move out of the club, revealed that he is actually enjoying his time with Messi.

“I said on French television that I had not made my decision. I am calm. I’m finishing my season, and I’m good in my head. We’ll see what will happen. (…) I play with Messi, I have a lot of fun playing with him, and we will see later,” said Mbappe as quoted by Le Parisien.

“See him every day, see what he can do. He can improve my game because he is a unique player. I have the chance to play with him. It’s an honour. I always said that I never thought I could play with Messi but today I do, I play with him. And I’m very happy. I learn a lot with him. He is a unique player, a legend who will go down in football history. It’s a pleasure for me,” he added.


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