Speaking at a press conference, Barcelona Atletic manager Rafael Marquez has claimed that he will be supporting Argentina in the FIFA World Cup finals today.
Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, will lock horns with reigning champions France in the finals of the World Cup at the Lusail Stadium in a few hours.
It might be a catch-22 situation for some Barcelona fans as they have club legend Messi on one side and two key members of the current squad – Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde – on the other.
But, Barça Atletic manager Rafa Marquez is clear on where his allegiances lie, as he claimed that he wishes to see Argentina win the World Cup due to him being Latin American, along with the fact that he wants Messi to lift the trophy.
“It is a great final and I want Argentina to win because I am Latin American but also because of Leo Messi. We know that football is not about merit, but he has fought, worked and maintained the level of being the best for a long time,” Marquez said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
I have a great appreciation for him. Even if he doesn’t win the World Cup he is the best in the world, but I hope he wins it, I will be very happy for him.”
Marquez played with Messi at Barcelona in the past. Like the latter, the Barça Atletic boss also played in five World Cups with Mexico during his playing career.
In fact, Marquez saw Messi recently overtake his record of captaining the most number of matches at a World Cup. The former Mexican international had led his team in 18 games at the quadrennial event, with Messi going past him having captained Argentina 19 times.