Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka is a soccer fan. The Belarusian has repeatedly shown her preference for the Spanish club Barcelona. His favorite footballer, for whom he has great admiration, needless to say is the six-time Balon d’Or winner Leonel Messi.
In the last few days, the news that the Argentine champion may leave the Blaugrana club after more than 15 years of residence has made it around the world in a very short time and has surprised many sportsmen. In fact, Leo Messi has been playing for Barcelona since his arrival in Spain in 2001, when at the age of 13 he moved to Europe with his family to try to establish himself in the world of soccer.
The news of his break with the Blaugrana management which could be the main reason for Messi’s decision to leave his team, also affected Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian tennis player, currently in the New York bubble to play the Western & Southern Open, at the end of the quarter-final in which she beat French Alize Cornet, expressed her point of view on the Messi issue and her possible farewell from Barcelona .
According to Azarenka it will be a sad day when Messi will wear another team’s jersey, because “Messi has been in Barcelona since childhood and the decision is undoubtedly very important. It doesn’t matter what I think about his future decision, the important thing is that the athlete, the player is happy.
We all know how crucial it was for Barcelona to have Messi in the squad and I’m sure all the Blaugrana fans will miss him,” said Azarenka.
Azarenka wishes Messi to be happy wherever he goes
The tennis player from Minsk explained that every player does everything that they think is good for him and his career: “sometimes it’s a player’s choice.
Do what’s best for you, what’s best for your career. I don’t know I will still cheer Barcelona, but I will still love Messi. Everything is fine for me.” Azarenka is sure that the “Messi being one of the greatest soccer players of all time, will be sought after by the best clubs in the world who will do everything to have him signed for the new contract.
Meanwhile in New York, Azarenka will play in the semifinals against Johanna Konta. Both tennis players have not yet lost a single set during the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and are playing for a place in the final where there will be one between Osaka and Mertens waiting for them.