Messi-Agüero: A friendship that was born thanks to football

Messi-Agüero: A friendship that was born thanks to football

Por: Nicolás SasuJueves 21 Jul 2022

Football gave us beautiful friendships between footballers, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo: "More than a teammate, a brother that football gave me", wrote CR7 on his social networks. Another very famous case is Mario Götze and Marco Reus, who were teammates on the German national team and at Borussia Dortmund, but without a doubt, one of the most famous friendships of all is that of Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero.

Unlike the previous cases, these two players never played for the same club, only for the Argentine national team. Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero met for the first time at the meeting of the Argentina Under 20 National Team, just 15 days before traveling to the Netherlands to play the 2005 World Cup.

Messi and Agüero met during the 2005 U20 World Cup.

At that time, Messi did know Agüero, a player who became very famous for making his professional debut at the age of 15. However, the "Kun" did not know who he was. Sometime later, the former football player recounted how his first conversation between the two was:

- "What's your name?"

- "Lionel".

- "Ah, just like me, almost. (Kun's middle name is Leonel). And your last name?" 

- "Messi".

Then the teammates said to him: "Don't you know who he is?" (In 2005, Messi was already considered talented in football). It is not known who it was, but someone from Argentina's coaching staff decided that both would share the same room. In that tournament, both were the stars of the world champion Argentina under 20. From there, Messi and Agüero became inseparable friends. In fact, every time they played for Argentina, they shared the same room.

Messi and Agüero won 3 titles with Argentina, Copa America, U20 World Cup and Olympic Gold.

However, the personalities of the two are very different. "Kun" is a more active and energetic person, while Messi is calmer and calmer. But it was that difference that made the two of them such friends. "He made you laugh all the time with anything. We are very different. He is playing all day and I am calmer. He jokes, he gets tired of playing, and then he jokes again", said Messi in an interview.

Unfortunately, one of their dreams can never be fulfilled. They both dreamed of playing for the same club and thus being able to spend more time together. And they were very close to fulfilling it! Agüero signed a contract with Barcelona, just in the season that Messi left the Catalan team.

Both were very close to playing for the same club.

Despite this, the legacy of both for the Argentina National Team is undeniable. Messi and Agüero played a total of 77 matches for the senior team (24 friendlies, 22 for Qualifiers, 19 for Copa América and 12 for World Cups). Between them, they created 17 goals: 8 from Messi assisted by Agüero and 9 from Sergio assisted by Lionel. Both won 3 titles, 1 U20 World Cup, 1 Olympic gold medal and the 2021 Copa América.

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