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Curaçao goalkeeper reacts to receiving Messi’s shirt after 7-0 loss to Argentina

The Columbus Crew keeper picked up Messi’s shirt after Curaçao’s 7-0 defeat to Argentina.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (L) and Curacao's goalkeeper Eloy Room exchange their jerseys at the end of the friendly football match between Argentina and Curacao at the Madre de Ciudades stadium in Santiago del Estero, in northern Argentina, on March 28, 2023. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP)

Lionel Messi scored his 100th international goal in Argentina’s 7-0 win over Curaçao on Tuesday.

Normally after a 7-0 thrashing, the last thing players on the losing team want to do is speak to the media, but Curaçao shot-stopper Eloy Room had a consolation post-match when he picked up Messi’s match-worn shirt.

Dream come true for Room

In an interview with Argentinian outlet TyC Sports after the match in which Messi scored a 17th-minute first-half hat-trick, Room said: “I have Messi’s jersey - it’s really special. It’s unbelievable, a dream come true. Everybody is a fan of Messi. Now I’ve played against him.”

The Columbus Crew keeper added: “It was a tough game, he scored some goals against me but I also saved some good shots from him. And he told me that, too – that I made some good saves – so that means a lot. I need those saves for YouTube!”


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