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Former Madrid defender urges Messi to retire

Former Real Madrid defender urges Lionel Messi to retire as soon as possible

February 12, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The former footballer has never held back when speaking about his feelings for Los Blaugranas.

There are some former Real Madrid players that have never been shy about their feelings for Barcelona, but these quotes by Alvaro Arbeloa seem to be a bit over the line.

The former defender, who had several disagreements with Barcelona players during his time with Los Blancos, mad his first appearance as a pundit in a Spanish TV show. There, Arbeloa shared a curious wish with the audience: to see Lionel Messi calling it quits from football as soon as possible.

The former right back admitted that Messi has to be considered one of the greatest, but even so, he does not want him to dominate the sport for a very long time.

"He is very good, but I haven't been able to enjoy his antics, and I guess I never will. I hope he calls it quits soon, I'm counting the days for it to happen," Arbeloa said.

The Spaniard ruled out holding any personal grudge against Los Blaugranas, but that does not mean he'd like them to succeed. Furthermore, he wished them an early exit from the UEFA Champions League this season.

"I am not anti-Barca. I want them to lose because Real Madrid can benefit from it. Madrid fans are not always anti-Barca. I just want them to lose everywhere, including in their training session tomorrow. Seeing them eliminated from the UCL would be good, they would be one less team left to beat in that tournament," Arbeloa jokingly added.

The former Liverpool man added that Barcelona always has someone on their side to help when things are not going their way.

"Barcelona has always been challenging, they are a great team, but they work with a safety net. Either way, I am not going to take any merit away from them," Arbeloa concluded.

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