Lionel Messi provided one of the memes to come out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup when he told Dutch and Manchester United forward Wout Weghorst, “Andá pa’allá, bobo” [What are you looking at, Bobo].
The remarks made by Messi came after Argentina defeated the quarterfinals win over the Netherlands in penalty kicks (4-3). However, in a recent interview Perros de la Calle (h/t Mundo Deportivo), the 35-year-old reveals he regrets those remarks.
“Everything that came out was natural, a lot had happened on the field with that player in reality and a couple more,” Messi told Andy Kusnetzoff. “At the moment of tension, friction, crossing, when you get the game like that, the fever with the referee too. I was in the mixed zone and the game had just finished. And well, I know that there is everything now.”
¿A quién le hablaba Messi? 😨
¡¿Qué miras bobo?! Anda pa’llá.pic.twitter.com/iWgNBwVakF
— Ale Padín (@ale_padin) December 9, 2022
Messi is usually known for being calm even in tense situations, so it was odd to see the Paris Saint-Germain star lose his cool after a highly contested matchup that went to the wire.
Nonetheless, once something hits the internet, it lives on forever, and Messi’s reaction has become a meme that many use, especially on Twitter. While many are happy for the Argentine after winning the World Cup, others might be pleased due to the out-of-context meme that many will use even for years to come.