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Messi: "Neymar is my friend and I'm sorry for his ban"

Messi: "Neymar is my friend and I'm sorry for his ban"
Messi: "Neymar is my friend and I'm sorry for his ban"
100 matches and 46 goals with the 'albiceleste'. These are the numbers of the Argentinian national team's captain. Number 10 in his country...

100 matches and 46 goals with the 'albiceleste'. These are the numbers of the Argentinian national team's captain. Number 10 in his country and also in Barça. Leo Messi attended the media after the victory against Jamaica, which makes Martino's men access the quarterfinals as first of the group. Leo analyzed the match, with two very different parts and also had some words to Neymar, after he was banned 4 matches.

 

In a statements similar to the ones he made after drawing to 2 against Paraguai, Messi remembered the difference of game between the first 45 minutes and the second half: "We low the rythm at the second half, this is real. I don't know what happened, we didn't find spaces easily. At the first half we created a lot of chances to score." In a play at the second half, Messi almost scored in a special day, for it was his match number 100 with the national team: "I would have liked to score in like every match, but it's not that important."

At last, Messi was cautious when referring to the 4-match ban to Neymar: "I don't want to give my opinion. Neymar is my friend and I am sorry for his ban and he can't play the competition. I know what means for him to play on a football field. He's a very important player for Brazil." The Canarinha will have to face Venezuela tonight (11pm CEST), with draw to 3 between the 4 teams on Group C.