The Argentine shares the cover with Casemiro, the Brazilian from Real Madrid.
The new edition of the album for the 2020-2021 season of the Spanish League will feature its most valuable figurine. That of the Argentine Lionel Messi, whose continuity in Barcelona will allow him to be one of the most sought-after elements of the popular children’s collectible, which it has it on the lid.
The Argentine star not only maintains his box within the pages dedicated to Fútbol Club Barcelona, but also stars on the cover along with Casemiro, Brazilian midfielder for Real Madrid, a risky decision, as confirmed by the general director of the Panini company, Lluis Torrent, in the presentation of the album.
“I was fully confident that he would stay in favor of football and the Spanish League. We have been lucky,” explained Torrent at a ceremony at the LaLiga headquarters, in which its president, Javier Tebas, joked that when asked about the continuity of the Argentine said that “if it appears on the album, it will stay.
“Messi is important for our competition, he is a player who has been born in our competition since he was little, all the categories of the Barcelona Football Club … I hope he continues in our league”, wished the president of the association.
Tebas was confident that the Spanish is “a great competition” with “great teams” that can attract good players, among which the Barcelona winger stood out. Ansu fati or the Portuguese striker from Atlético, Joao Felix.
The Getafe forward participated in the event by videoconference Jaime Mata, who remembered exchanging figurines as a child and confessed “not being a very good commercial at recess”, and the former attacker of Athletic, Valencia, Valladolid or Mallorca Aritz Aduriz, who recalled that the first times a player is seen in an album “hits”, because it has “an emotional link” with childhood.
The Athletic legend also celebrated Messi’s continuity, “despite the fact that others will continue to suffer.” He maintained: “It would be of the idiotic genre to doubt Messi a minimum. He is the best player that I have seen and that I will see. We cannot doubt its quality, it is impossible. “
Fernando Sanz, former player of Real Madrid and Málaga and director of Institutional Relations of LaLiga, recalled that the figures “continue to be maintained” even though they are “in the era of technologies and social networks”, and wished that this year did not be the last of Messi in Spanish football.
“I hope, believe and wish not. He is a player who is 100% LaLiga, 100% Barcelona. Let’s hope it was a little misstep, I don’t know by whom. I hope that he will play again, he will feel happy again and he will stay at Barça for a longer time, “said Sanz.
With information from EFE