Video: Lionel Messi Congratulates Former Teammate Maxi Rodriguez on His Retirement From Football

Maxi Rodriguez, who played for European clubs like RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, and Liverpool, hangs up his boots as he played his last match as a professional footballer.

Rodriguez’s Newell’s Old Boys played to a 0-0 match against Banfield, but the final score wasn’t what mattered as the 40-year-old had plenty of people congratulating him on a great career, including Lionel Messi.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward sent a recorded message shared on the club’s social media platforms. Messi congratulated Rodriguez, who he had as a teammate on the Argentina national team, and have the connection to Newell’s Old Boys as their boyhood club.

“Hello, ‘Fiera.’ First of all, I want to congratulate you on the race you did, to tell you that it was an honor for me to share the field with you. You are a great person whom I respect and love a lot,” Messi said.

“One stage ends and another begins, and I hope you find something that fulfills you as football has done until now. I wish you all the best; I send you a big hug and see you soon. See you, ‘Fiera’”

Tags Atlético Madrid Espanyol Lionel Messi Liverpool Maxi Rodriguez Newell's Old Boys