Lionel Messi Explains Why He Told Manchester United Star ‘Andá Pa’allá, Bobo’

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.”

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. 

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