Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi has been given a new nickname by his Argentina teammates on international duty.
Lionel Messi, who we all known as ‘The GOAT’ to most, but his Argentina teammates have handed him a bizarre new nickname.
The 35-year-old is the elder statesman of an Argentina team which heads to Qatar as one of the favourites to win the World Cup.
Spirits are sky high in the Albiceleste camp as well, with an unbeaten run that stretched to 34 games, all the way back to 2019.
At that time, Messi has also ended his international trophy drought, helping his nation to the Copa America and then the inaugural Finalissima, when they defeated Italy at Wembley, according to Mirror Report.
And amidst that comfortable environment, Messi has revealed the name he is now known on international duty – the Weasel.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is now called ‘The Weasel’ by his Argentina teammates.
Speaking after the win over Honduras on Friday night, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar wrote on social media: “As the weasel stings,” with Papu Gomez replying, “the weasel is crazy”.
It wasn’t explained exactly why the world’s greatest ever footballer was given his unusual new name, with his previous being far easier to explain.
His teammate Rodrigo De Paul commented on the photo, writing:
“How the weasel itches.”
A weasel is a small animal that can be dangerous. The nickname might be referring to Messi’s smaller frame yet his dangerous and decisive performances on the pitch.
Messi has been known as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) for obvious reasons, while he was given ‘La Pulga’ (The Flea) thanks to his diminutive stature as a youngster.
Argentina now has one more friendly before they kick off their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia on November 22 and Messi is already looking forward to getting their quest underway.
“With great desire, enthusiasm and anxiety, but at the same calm time because we know that there is still a little while and we have to be well in our clubs to get to that moment in good shape,” he told TyC Sports.
On the hectic fixture schedule preceding the tournament, he added: “I think it is complicated at the level of matches, there are many games and little rest time but you have to face it as always, if you are going to play thinking about the World Cup, taking care of yourself or not messing up in the end can be worse.
“I am one of those who think that things happen because they happen and if things have to happen they will happen, God willing nothing happens to anyone and we can all arrive as we are.”