Lionel Messi Defends Top Premier League Star, Orders Teammates to Stop Calling him 1 Name

Lionel Messi Defends Top Premier League Star, Orders Teammates to Stop Calling him 1 Name

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Lionel Messi has told his teammates in the Argentina national team to stop calling Alexis Mac Allister the name ''ginger''
  • The Everton footballer stated this while talking about Lionel Messi claiming that he felt great to have trained with him twice
  • Alexis Mac Allister is expected to play for Argentina in their coming World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Chile

Lionel Messi has jumped to the defense of Everton central midfielder Alexis Mac Allister by telling all Argentine teammates to stop calling him ''ginger'' in training and even during matches.

Having impressed so far this season in the Premier League for Brighton, Alexis Mac Allister was included in the Argentina's latest squad for the coming World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Colombia.

Although Alexis Mac Allister has featured in two games for Argentina national team, but the 23-year-old is yet to play alongside Lionel Messi and he is looking forward to achieve that.

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Alexis Mac Allister in action for Premier League side Brighton. Photo by Matthew Ashton
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Those in charge of Argentina national team have given Lionel Messi more time off so as to recover from COVID-19, but Allister has already trained with the PSG star two times.

According to the report on GOAL and UK Sun, Alexis Mac Allister explained that Lionel Messi is a fantastic human being, claiming that he stopped other teammates from calling him ''ginger''.

Alexis Mac Allister's comment about Lionel Messi

“I trained with him when I was in the Argentinian squad twice, but I didn’t play with him. It was fantastic, the same as in the matches he trains. It’s something you cannot believe.
“I remember everyone called me ‘Colo’, which is ginger in Argentina. I don’t like it much and he told the team-mates that. He said, ‘He doesn’t like to be called Colo, so don’t call him that.''

When did Alexis Mac Allister join Brighton & Hove Albion?

Alexis Mac Allister made a move to Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion in 2019 and played 47 games for the English club before being loaned to Boca Juniors where he is currently.

Lionel Messi makes surprise return to Barcelona months after he quit Camp Nou

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Lionel Messi made a surprise return to Barcelona on Monday night, January 24, where he linked up with his former teammates to celebrate Xavi's 42nd birthday.

The record Ballon d'Or winner headed back to Barcelona months after his shock exit to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi departed Camp Nou in the summer after more than two decades with the Catalan giants to seal a stunning switch to Parc des Princes.

However, the 34-year-old reconnected with his old base earlier in the week to join ex-teammates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba to mark Xavi's 42nd birthday.

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