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The Time Lionel Messi Played For Atletico Madrid Back In 2009

The Time Lionel Messi Played For Atletico Madrid Back In 2009

Angel Correa recently invited compatriot Lionel Messi to join him and his former Barcelona colleague Luis Suarez at Atletico Madrid.

"Atletico Madrid's doors are open to Messi as well," Correa said in an interview with TyC Sports in regards to Messi being out of contract in June.

"I hope things continue to be as sweet here because we want to end this season happy."

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Seeing Messi swap the red and blue of Barcelona for the red and white stripes of Atletico would be quite something but you might not be aware that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has already donned their jersey before.

In October 2009, Messi "played" for the Madrid outfit in his hometown of Rosario for a game that was organised by Atletico's foundation, along with the charity Javier Zanetti set up.

"Solidarity without borders" was the tagline and the funds went towards children living in poverty in Argentina.

Messi was an Atleti player alongside the team's current captain Maxi Rodriguez for the first half and then linked up with another Argentine in Inter Milan skipper Zanetti for the second half.

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Still with the Atletico badge on his blue and white shirt in the second half, Messi scored a sublime solo goal at the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa Stadium, home of his boyhood club Newell's Old Boys.

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Messi has tormented Atletico on so many occasions wearing a Barca shirt, with the Blaugrana all-time top scorer notching 32 goals and eight assists in 42 appearances against them.

After one of his many winning goals, Atletico manager Diego Simeone said of Messi's impact, "It was so close if he had put on an Atlético shirt we would have won."

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In just seconds, he went from anger at his side's failure to not concede to being in awe of the magic Messi conjured up.

Another example of Simeone's appreciation for his fellow Argentine came a few years earlier when he failed to celebrate Fernando Torres' goal against Barcelona.

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The Spaniard scored a superb goal five minutes into the second half to put the hosts ahead of the Vicente Calderon.

When asked why he did not celebrate his team scoring in the post-match press conference, his answer was simple: he saw Messi warming up.

Messi promptly entered the fray and scored the winning goal in the 77th minute to take Barcelona to the top of the table.

Topics: Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Atletico Madrid, Lionel Messi

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