Iran Coach, Queiroz Urges FIFA To Ban Lionel Messi From World Cup Until It Is Confirmed He Is Human
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In a presumably sarcastic comment, Head Coach of the Iranian national team, Carlos Queiroz has suggested that Lionel Messi should be banned from the 2018 World Cup in Russia until tests confirm that he is indeed human.
The Portuguese-born coach who was also Iran’s coach at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where the Asian side lost a group stage match to Argentina by the one goal scored by Messi, said that he didn’t have a negative feeling after the match as his side by defeated by something ‘magical.’
In an interview with http://fifa.com and monitored by Nigeria News, Queiroz explained: “I’ve always said that Messi is an extraordinary player. He’s out of this world. If he were human, he wouldn’t have had that magical moment in that match (Argentina beat Iran in the group phase with a late Messi goal).
“I don’t usually like losing, but I didn’t come away from that defeat with a negative feeling.
“It’s when something magical like that happens that you know that football is alive and kicking, and that’s why it’s one of the best sports in the world to watch.
“And it’s even more of a special moment when it comes from a player who shouldn’t be allowed to play by FIFA until it’s proven that he’s actually human.”
Lucky for him though, his side were teamed up with Spain, Portugal and Morocco in this year’s Mundial. At least anything else but the ‘Magical Messi.’