By Ramiro Sandolo
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Star Lionel Messi called for more education for youth development and a fight for equality in Argentine society, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Messi referred to these non-football issues in an interview with La Garganta Poderosa magazine, a publication that belongs to a social organization made up of people from poor neighborhoods in Argentina, published on Thursday.
“Education is the basis of everything,” said the Barcelona striker, who is on the cover of issue number 100 of the magazine. “When there is no knowledge of reality, opinion is worthless, it is pure noise,” he added.
Messi called for fundamental issues to be preserved in the midst of the pandemic, “such as water, electricity, and even staple foods”.
“Inequality is one of the biggest problems in our society and we need to fight to correct it as soon as possible,” said the 33-year-old.
In sports, after representing the Argentine national team in the first two games of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, Messi said that he is less obsessed with the goal and that he tries to “direct the maximum towards the team”.