Alexis Mac Allister has revealed that Lionel Messi jumped to his defence in an Argentina training session. The legendary Argentina captain and Paris Saint-Germain superstar warned the rest of their team-mates to stop calling Mac Allister “ginger”. So, among related news in football today, Messi conducted an Argentina intervention to ban Mac Allister’s nickname, the latter disclosed.
Mac Allister has been part of Argentina’s latest squad for their final World Cup qualifying fixtures against Chile and Colombia. He has, after all, impressed scouts with his form for Brighton in the first half of the 2021-22 campaign.
The 23-year-old has two senior caps to his name so far. And he has also starred for his country’s U23s at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.
However, the Argentina international is still waiting to play his first game alongside Messi.
Messi, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, won’t be with Argentina during the latest international break. He is currently taking extra time off to recover from Covid-19.
But, in the meantime, Mac Allister has at least already had the opportunity to train with his idol.
Messi Conducted an Argentina Intervention to Ban Mac Allister’s Nickname
And it seems the Seagulls midfielder bonded with Messi in a somewhat unexpected fashion while on international duty last year. This was when Alexis Mac Allister avoided becoming the butt of a personal joke thanks to 34-year-old Lionel Messi’s intervention.
“I trained with him when I was in the Argentinian squad twice, but I didn’t play with him,” Mac Allister has told The Athletic. “It was fantastic, the same as in the matches he trains. It’s something you cannot believe.
“I remember everyone called me ‘Colo’, which is ginger in Argentina. I don’t like it much and he told the team-mates that. He said, ‘He doesn’t like to be called Colo, so don’t call him that!’.”