Messi, a political weapon without bullets

The media power that Leo Messi carries makes him an overly attractive speaker for all those who want to make a message known. He has been succeeding him for a decade, when he received his first Golden Ball and stepped forward to present his candidacy for the best player in history. The Catalan powers saw in the Rosario a potential weapon to propagate their political and secessionist ideas but faced a hermetic wall. Leo Messi has always shied away from any ideological position. The most recent example happened this past Thursday when it was decorated by the Generalitat with the Cross of Sant Jordi, a distinction that rewards people who, due to their merits, have rendered outstanding services to Catalonia. During the ceremony, presided over by Quim Torra, most of those present cried out for the freedom of the political prisoners, with applause in which the Argentine did not participate. The player remained standing, respectful, but without joining the request. He could even be uncomfortable at times, as when the mountain runner and also awarded, Núria Picas, exalted former President Puigdemont and regretted that Catalonia lived "difficult moments for too long" due to the judgment of the procés.

It is not the first time that Messi has refused to demonstrate politically. He has always preempted sporting issues without interfering in the ideological ones. Another clear example occurred on the day of the illegal referendum, on October 1, 2017, the day on which Barcelona hosted Las Palmas at Camp Nou. From the club was considered the possibility of not playing the game and players like Gerard Piqué or Sergi Roberto supported the team, but when Bartomeu proposed it in the locker room, Messi dismantled him and said he had to play. The Argentine considered that the separatist feeling was not shared by one hundred percent of the social mass of Barça. Finally, the match was played behind closed doors.

Messi has shown himself incorruptible in political questions. It has never manifested itself, neither in Barcelona nor in Argentina. Moreover, he did not hesitate to skip a clause that his then President Joan Laporta included in all the contracts of the first staff, according to which they should be integrated into the idiosyncrasy of the Catalan people, know their customs and promote the Catalan language. Leo never went to class and has never spoken in public in Catalan, although he recently acknowledged that "with my children I do speak it. I could talk about it but I still prefer to keep it that way ». In fact, this aspect was recently used by Pablo Casado when he presented his number one for Barcelona for the Congress, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, who was blamed for not speaking Catalan. «I do not know if Messi was asked to speak Catalan, but Messi is a crack. We have our Messi, with the same accent, being the best and being the one who will score the most goals in politics ", argued the leader of the PP.

Curiously, the language was one of the great obstacles encountered by the Messi family when they arrived in Barcelona in 2000. "When my little sister went to school they spoke in Catalan, she cried and she did not like it. Then, my old woman decided to return to Rosario with her and my brothers, Matías and Rodrigo, so that I could continue the school there, "the Argentine revealed in an interview.

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