(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) Argentine football star Lionel Messi was honored Saturday in the
town of Ezeiza on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where the
Argentine Football Association (AFA) named its training complex
after the national team captain, trend reports citing xinhua .
"Welcome to the home of the world champion. Welcome to the home
of all our national teams, that has introduced Argentine football
to the world," AFA president Claudio Tapia said during the
He indicated that there will be a new sports housing complex on
the site, which will also bear the star's name.
For his part, Messi thanked authorities for the recognition and
noted that he has been visiting the site for 20 years and feels "a
very special energy" every time he enters.
"I've been through hard times, but even in those moments coming
here helped me forget everything and be happy, something I still
feel," the 35-year-old said.
"I'm glad that after so long this site is going to bear my name.
I'm one of those people who believes that tributes should be made
during a person's lifetime," he added.
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