Argentina superstar Lionel Messi played the full 90 minutes and later expressed his appreciation to the Trinidad and Tobago team for its challenge in Wednesday night’s Friendly International at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.
Messi, captain of the Argentina team, spoke to live television cameras immediately following the final whistle after his team defeated the “Soca Warriors” 3-0, reported TTFA Communications Officer Shaun Fuentes.
“We finished strongly, Trinidad and Tobago were opponents who closed up at the back like some teams in the group will do (in Brazil),” Messi told the Media.
“I think the match was a good one. We scored the first goal late in the opening half but we were strong and the (Argentina) team looked good in many parts of the match.
“Trinidad and Tobago were not a bad team. They had some players who were strong and also fast. We are preparing for the World Cup and these kind of games are good for us” Messi added.
As Messi spoke to reporters as he exited the field, some of the T&T players who did not take the field during the 90 minutes had the opportunity to get up close to the player who will now lead his team into another friendly against Slovenia.
T&T midfielder Ataullah Guerra, who grabbed headlines for the way he greeted The Barcelona star during the meeting of the teams, said he had no regrets over his action.
“He is a football God. This was an amazing experience for all of us. Just to be on the same field with him was great. To see the way he controlled the ball and his team was something we will never forget. I think we all learned a lot from this game today. I thought my greeting to him was a mark of respect also and he seemed to appreciate it. There was no problem with that,” the Central FC and former Finnish-based professional told TTFA Media.
Guerra bowed on Messi’s approach to him as the players of both teams in line formation greeted each other mainly with hand-shakes before the start of the match and on the field of play.
Messi then moved towards Guerra and both embraced.