An Argentine player who competed in the FIFA 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand complained of injustice when she received fierce criticism from fans for calling Cristiano Ronaldo (37, Portugal) tattooed on her body. According to Reuters on the 26th (local time), Argentina national team striker Yamila Rodriguez (25, SE Palmeiras), who participated in this World Cup, has recently received unexpected criticism from fans.
Rodriguez, whose main position is a forward, participated in the game with images of Ronaldo and Maradona (1960-2020, Argentina), his usual role models, engraved on his right limb. However, many fans who paid attention to the fact that there was no tattoo of Lionel Messi (36, Argentina) on his body wrote criticism comments such as ‘Antiña of Messi' to Rodriguez on Instagram.
Even at the age of mid-thirties, Messi, who is dividing the world soccer world with Ronaldo by performing outstandingly, is an existing Argentine star, so why did he only have tattoos of Ronaldo and Maradona, the ‘senior generation'? In response to criticism, Rodriguez posted on Instagram, “I'm going through a very difficult time right now. In what part of my body am I saying, ‘I am anti-Messiah'?” and protested, “There is no mercy for your cruel words.”
He asked back, “Isn’t there someone you idolize?” “Messi is the great captain of Argentina, but the player who inspires me is Ronaldo. 안전놀이터 This fact does not mean that I hate Messi.” Rodriguez said that it was just an image of Ronaldo, who provided a strong motivation for him by scoring more than 800 goals in his career, and said, “What is the problem? He pointed out that there is no law that says (Argentina players) must only like Argentine players.”
“Preferring and envying someone doesn’t mean disparaging someone else,” he said. “It’s exhausting. Please stop criticizing.” Rodriguez has now made her Instagram account private. Meanwhile, Argentina started their tough World Cup journey by losing 0-1 in the first match of Group G against Italy on the 28th (Korean time). In this match, Rodriguez was substituted in the 32nd minute of the second half when the situation was 0-0, but he had to taste defeat without making a big impact.
Argentina will face South Africa and Sweden in turn in the remaining group stage matches.