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‘Not anti Messi’ – Argentina player defends Cristiano Ronaldo tattoo

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi
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After backlash over having a tattoo of CR7, Yamila Rodriguez has asked her critics to stop sending her hateful messages.

Yamila Rodriguez, an Argentinian footballer, has received hateful messages on social media for having a Cristiano Ronaldo tattoo.

The 25-year-old’s admiration for Ronaldo has led some social media users to accuse her of being against the captain of the Argentinian men’s football team, Lionel Messi.

Fans caught a glimpse of her tattoo during the Women’s World Cup, where Rodriguez is representing Argentina. The cameras zoomed in on the tattoos on the forward’s legs. They showed Argentina icon Diego Maradona on her left thigh, with Ronaldo below on her left shin.

“At what point did I say I’m ‘Anti Messi’?” Rodriguez wrote in a post on Twitter that has a picture of Ronaldo with his arm around Messi.

“Stop saying things that I didn’t say because the truth is that I’m having a bad time (in the middle of a World Cup while representing my country). I’m not having a bad time because of you [the fans] but for the atrocities that are said, without mercy. Can’t you have an idol or a player you like?”

Rodriguez added that she never said she was “Anti Messi” and that Messi is the great captain of the National Team.

“What is the problem?” the SE Palmeiras forward continued.

“We are not all obliged to only love the players of our country. Please understand that this is football and everyone has their own appreciation, their preferences, and highlighting one does not mean burying the other.”

Rodriguez is preparing for Argentina’s next World Cup game against South Africa on Saturday in Dunedin, New Zealand.

The South Americans enter the Group G contest in dire need of three points. They lost their World Cup opener to Italy by a 1-0 scoreline.