“As a teammate and friend of Leo (Messi) the situation hurts me,” said the former teammate of La Pulga, who could not play for Atlético de Madrid against Barcelona because he was infected with coronavirus.
Luis Suárez is the authorized word to speak of Lionel Messi. They were teammates and friends for years at Barcelona, and even their families have a bond beyond the jerseys. The forward, who stayed in Montevideo after having tested positive for covid-19 and could not play for Atlético de Madrid in the 1-0 against the Catalan team, assured this Sunday that, as a friend and teammate of Leo, is concerned about his human side.
“As a colleague and friend of Leo (Messi) the situation hurts me, it worries me as a human being but I also know that he is capable of getting ahead and turning the situation around,” said the striker in an interview with the Uruguayan television program Penalty Point.
The forward’s statements came amid the problems surrounding the Argentine star in the Catalan team, which even led him to declare that he was tired of “always being the problem of everything.”
Although Suárez did not want to talk about Barcelona, since he maintained that it is time to leave his previous team aside for now, he emphasized that the victory of Simeone’s – the first that DT has achieved against the Catalans in the League since it began his extensive cycle at the club- “is one more demonstration” that the team is here to fight for great things.
He also commented that the victory of mattress It was “an injection of positive energy” for him, who had to see it from isolation, and reflected that no one is essential in the team.
Suárez was infected during the double stage of the South American qualifiers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in a case that sparked controversy in Uruguay due to the outbreak, which has already 17 infected footballers.
One of the points that generated the greatest annoyance from the authorities was a photo in which many players from the team were seen surrounding a stove without distance or protection.
The outbreak caused the Ministry of Public Health the country will fine the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) at about 534,000 Uruguayan pesos (about $ 12,136).
In this regard, Suárez – who claimed to feel good and without any symptoms – emphasized that the team recognized the error of having uploaded the photo but ruled out that the contagion had occurred there because they had already been sharing training places, trips or clothing with the infected for days.
“After a colleague enters with the virus, our thing is to try to take precautions. Recognize and apologize for the photo but the contagion does not come from there: we were outdoors, we were not together. There are many people who are talking to us. is criticizing. Recognize the error of the photo yes, but not make it so big, “he stressed.
In addition, he assured that, if the fine is confirmed, both he and Diego Godín – who also tested positive – will take charge of it as references of the campus.
About the moment in which he found out that he was positive for covid-19 and that he would not be able to be in the duels against Brazil and Barcelona, he said that at first he did not believe it and that quickly afterwards he began to feel a mixture of sadness, fear, pain and anger.
“No one is immune, we have to take care of ourselves and even if you are checked daily you have to be very careful,” he concluded.
(With information from EFE)