Fingers are missing to count the tributes he has received Lionel Messi after being crowned world champion with Argentina in Qatar 2022. They recognized him at PSG, in Rosario, his hometown, in Buenos Aires… And this Saturday, the AFA (Argentine Football Association) has joined the celebrations by naming the famous Ezeiza property after the captain . As of today, he will stop being called Julio Humberto Grondona to become Lionel Andrés Messi. Figures from the Professional League, the women’s tournament, runners-up in the 2014 World Cup and leaders attended the sports center to honor the captain of the Albiceleste.
Before revealing that the Ezeiza property will now bear the name of Messi, the president of the AFA, Claudio Tapia, explained the big changes that are going to mark a before and after in the sports complex, which aims to be one of the most modern in South America.
“There were various projects going around and we didn’t know what it was for. Today we do know. We started with the internal closing, we have bought almost everything to start closing the internal part of the building ”, He began by explaining the top leader of Argentine soccer.
“It will become the new home for our national teams, it will be three floors of hotels, a high-performance training center, with all the medicine, wet and dry recovery rooms, an auditorium, and it will be the home of all our national teams. It is propitious that we all uncover the foundation stone today. Not only is this the inauguration of this project, but from today this complex will bear a new name: Lionel Andrés Messi”, added the ‘Chiqui’ Tapia.
Then it was the turn of Lionel Messi, who was also accompanied by coach Lionel Scaloni and the entire squad, to take the microphone to thank them for the tribute paid to him. He then did the same on his social networks.
“First of all, thank you very much for being here. It was not easy to get everyone together, especially at the moment, with people coming from abroad and players who represent the whole country and former teammates. I want to thank Chiqui for this recognition. It’s something very exciting. I have been coming to this property for almost 20 years and from the first day I felt a very special energy. This place is sensational.” said an emotional Lionel Messi.
“Today I feel very happy that this bears my name. I am one of those who think that the tributes have to be done while alive, and I think this is a very special recognition for what this property means and for the number of players who pass by. Going through here and knowing that he is going to be called Lionel Andrés Messi is something very nice”, concluded the PSG footballer.
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