Football fans inclination to mock and insult players is gradually ugly inevitable side of the game, a trend Lionel Messi’s mum, Celia Cuccittini, said hurts her when Leo is the victim.
Cella who was speaking on the heels of her son’s record sixth Ballon d’Or however admitted that she was surprised the Barcelona and Argentina star won the Ballon d’Or.
Lionel Messi pipped Liverpool’s Dutch defender, Virgil van Dijk to the much coveted award for a sixth time earlier this week.
On the issue of criticisms, she said, “It hurts a lot because you can criticise without mocking.
“There are some people that can be insulting. As a mother, that obviously hurts me. He does not have to be liked by the whole world.”
Cuccittini went on to talk about the “debt” Messi has with Argentina, having not won a major international title with the full national team saying, “All of the family knows he has a debt with Argentina but nobody wants to win a World Cup or a Copa America more than him.
“People can think he played bad. We actually do the same, we tell him. You have no idea! I give him a hard time!”
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