Xavi: Madrid tries to de­pict Messi as the bad guy

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

Barcelona mid­fielder Xavi has de­fended Lionel Messi in the wake of the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Ai­tor Karanka and Al­varo Ar­be­loa in the 1-1 Copa del Rey draw against Real Madrid, say­ing the Blan­cos want to por­tray the Ar­gen­tine as "the bad guy". The prolific at­tacker al­legedly called Karanka 'a pup­pet' for head coach Jose Mour­inho, while Jose Calle­jon claimed that he went head-to-head with Ar­be­loa af­ter the en­counter. "I don't un­der­stand all the up­roar about this. Why can't we just talk about foot­ball? What are they try­ing to say, that Messi is a bad per­son? They are try­ing to de­pict him as the bad guy," Xavi said.

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