Lima, December 6, 2021Updated on 12/06/2021 11:25 pm
Maxi Rodríguez officially said goodbye to professional football on Monday, in the match between Newell’s and Banfield played at the Marcelo Bielsa Stadium. It was a very emotional night and, before the end of the day, a heartfelt message from Lionel Messi was spread.
“Hello, ‘Fiera’. First of all, I want to congratulate you on the race you did, to tell you that it was an honor for me to share the field with you. You are a great person whom I respect and love a lot“Said the Argentine star in a video shared by the Rosario team on social media.
Messi, Newell’s player in the minor category and also a confessed fan of the club, added: “One stage ends and another begins and I hope you find something that fulfills you as football has done until now. I wish you all the best, I send you a big hug and see you soon. See you, ‘Fiera’ “.
For the final game, thousands of ‘Lepra’ fans came to Colossus Marcelo Bielsa not only to see his team win, but also to express their affection for Maxi Rodríguez, one of the references and who gave so many joys to the Rosario team , being part of the league title in 2013, for example.
Before the ‘Drill’, as agreed, the 40-year-old athlete was replaced at minute 11 of the second half. His place was covered by Nazareno Fúnez, but before leaving the court, Rodríguez was cheered, his teammates fired him and this caused him to shed some tears.
To make the frame more impressive, there were fireworks and excited fans chanted the footballer’s name. Maxi, to thank the gesture, raised his arms, looked at the stands and finally left his place to Fúnez.