Despite football not being the biggest (not even nearly) event in the Olympic Games, it’s not uncommon to hear huge figures of the sport talk emotionally about their participation in them.
In some cases, the simple act of carrying the Olympic torch has brought tears to the eyes of football giants. The picture of Pelé struggling even to walk due to being extremely emotional while holding the torch in 2004 before the Olympics in Athens, is an impossible one to forget by those who witnessed it.
This time, it was Lionel Messi’s turn to express his special feelings towards having participated in the Olympics, and, even better, winning gold with his Argentina in 2008.
The Olympic gold in 2008 is the win that I value the most because it is a tournament that you may only play in once in your life and involves many athletes from different disciplines
the Argentina captain told Esquire. As for the criticism he has been receiving throughout his international career, even until now, Messi seemed to stay almost indifferent.
The criticism I receive is not something I care about. I understand the people who always want us to win and demand that we deliver a trophy. But those of us who play for the national team want to win a title too
the Argentine super star said.