Ecuadorian footballer gets criticized after exchanging shirts with Messi

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An Ecuador player has been heavily criticized by fans after exchanging shirts with Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi. During the World Cup qualifying game last Friday.

The Ecuador  international has responded to harsh criticism he received for exchanging shirts with Lionel Messi . The legendary Argentinian striker scored the only goal on Friday, September 9, 2023. This resulted in his side’s 1-0 win over Ecuador. However, a big argument broke out after the full-time whistle when visiting goalkeeper Hernán Galindez laughed and joked . with Messi as they exchange shirts

          In fact, the 36-year-old goalkeeper – the same age as the Blues icon – grew up in the neighborhood with the Inter Miami star in Rosario. Argentina And they have played together since childhood. This led to a friendly on-field discussion last week. But angry Ecuador fans took to social media. media to criticize Galindez when they questioned his loyalty.

          And after helping his country comeback to beat Uruguay 2-1 in their next World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday, September 12, he hit back at those critics, saying “They said I think I let him score on purpose.” “There were quite a few journalists who said I don’t like Ecuador. But I have shown a lot of love for this country. “Exchanging shirts with Messi is a gift for my son. And I made a promise to him a long time ago.”

Galindez, who has 15 caps for Ecuador, added: “I am 36 years old and have two sons. “I know I will be criticized if I exchange shirts with Messi. But the most important thing for me is my son’s happiness. When he received the shirt of his role model,” “He was six years old and it was worth it.”

          According to Bolavip US, Galindez and Messi were born in Rosario. in the Santa Fe region of Argentina We’ve been neighbors since childhood. and played their first football game together “The first goal I scored in my life. Messi is the scorer. We are neighbors in Rosario. And we are the same age So we have faced each other many times,” he told ESPN. Sociedad Deportiva goalkeeper August received Ecuadorian citizenship in 2019 after having been in the process since 2016.