Argentine soccer experienced a historic day this Saturday when Claudio Tapia, president of the AFA, announced at an event that was attended by the world champion soccer players in Qatar, but also by former National Team players, captains and coaches of the Argentine clubs and women’s soccer players that the housing complex of the Ezeiza property will be called Lionel Messi.
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Claudio Tapia: “Welcome to the Lionel Messi housing complex”
In his announcement, the president of the AFA expressed:
“Welcome to the house of the world champion and of all our teams, the house that gave Argentine soccer its identity throughout the world, where we have achieved that there is an Argentine playing soccer anywhere and representing us. Today is a very special day for our football, for our home. I think it is one of the most important days in what football is, but above all things in the building, in the management”. “Thank those who accompany us, for the effort they made. There are captains, leaders of the clubs in the interior, our captain players of the league present here to accompany us. I know that they have made an effort despite the fact that today we do not have a date, we do have an Argentine Cup, promotion leaders who have traveled from the interior, many representatives of our domestic soccer to accompany us and as I was saying, in 2017 we had to assume and begin to to re-found Argentine soccer, and among those that we had to re-found was the building, the management, and we found this monster (he points to the building where the event was held), this monster that was closed, had no openings, there were four or five projects going around and we didn’t really know what it was and what it was really used for”. without a doubt it will become the new home of our teams. It will have three floors of hotels, a training and high-performance center with all the medicine right here, it will have amenities, recovery rooms, a living space for 360 people, and above all, as I said, it will be the home of all our selections”. Today we not only inaugurate this project but also this Ezeiza sports housing complex that from today will bear a new name, I am going to ask our captain and the technician to help me uncover the foundation stone of the new complex that will be called Lionel Messi, the best player in the world who always preferred to seek revenge in the face of adversity”.
The moment in which Lionel Messi and Lionel Scaloni uncovered the founding stone
Lionel Messi: “This is very exciting for me”
“First of all, thank you very much for being here, as Chiqui said before, it was not easy to get everyone together, especially at this time, people who came from abroad, players who are representing the country’s teams, players, leaders, former teammates.” Thanking you, Chiqui, for this recognition, is something very exciting for me. I have been coming to this property for almost 20 years and from the first day I entered I felt a very special energy. This place is something sensational and to this day every time I go in I think the energy in this place is something very special.” “Even in the worst moments, which I have had and very bad ones in the National Team, I have had hard times, it was coming here and forgetting everything. It was arriving and feeling happiness for being in this place and I still feel it. That’s why today I feel very happy that after so long this is going to bear my name.” special because of what this property means, because of the number of players who pass through, different sports and nothing, going through here and knowing that he is going to be called Lionel Andrés Messi is something very nice”.