- Rodrigo De Paul continues to be Lionel Messi's unofficial bodyguard and played up to the role against Honduras
- Atletico Madrid midfielder De Paul once said, "I'd go to war for Lionel Messi" and the 28-year-old has stayed true to his words
- De Paul recently honoured his words in sensational style, as the Atletico man led a group of Argentina players to protest a challenge on Messi during an international friendly
Football fans have made a light-hearted claim about Atletico Madrid's Rodrigo De Paul's close-knit relationship with Lionel Messi.
The 28-year-old Atletico man led a group of furious Argentina players to square off against Honduras, following a bad tackle on talismanic Messi during an international friendly.
His actions have seen football fans tag him as Messi's unofficial bodyguard.
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"De Paul is 100% Messi’s bodyguard. There’s no other explanation."
@rumpelirving suggested De Paul's relationship with Messi is akin to that of Jesus Christ and Simon Peter in the Bible:
"Messi and De Paul dey give me Jesus then Simon Peter vibes."
@Tafieycity contemplated if De Paul is a secret service agent or a footballer:
"Argentina must tell us whether De Paul is a footballer or a secret service agent. The man doesn't want anything to happen to Football (Messi)."
"De Paul has only one job for Argentina. Protect Leo Messi at all cost."
"The way De Paul defends Messi. I love this guy so much."
@brown_walkers7 believes every man must have a figure like De Paul in their life:
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"We all deserve a De paul in life man. Look the way how protective he is toward Leo."
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This was in the full glare as De Paul led Argentina players in protesting Messi's harsh treatment during an international friendly against Honduras.
Messi was captaining his side at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami when he went down after a challenge from the opponents.
Source: Sports Brief News