Junior Firpo’s first training session as a Barcelona player could have been a tad awkward after a bunch of old tweets resurfaced ahead of his move to the Catalan giants.
The 23-year-old boasted back in 2012 that he could “probably break both of Lionel Messi’s legs” with “one kick.”
The Barcelona new boy apparently called the five-time Ballon d’Or winner a “son of a b***h,” while other reports claim that he said: “I do not give a cr** that sh**** rat Messi got injured. I hope he dies and stops scoring goals hahaha.”
Firpo has since trained with Lionel Messi at Barcelona’s training camp, revealing that he’s “squashed” the beef with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“Of course. I see him every day in the changing room.” Junior told SPORT, when asked if he had crossed paths with Messi.
“I know you’re asking this because of the old tweets I made but that’s in the past and we’ve squashed that. It isn’t something I want to make a bigger deal out of.”
So why did he tweet about the Barcelona and Argentina forward in the first place?
“It turns out that my best friend at the time was from Barça and therefore he was also a Messi fan because Leo is the best without discussion. And I told him to say ugly things about Messi on Twitter.” Firpo told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo:
“That’s it, kids stuff. Also from that time there has been a tweet of mine that said some silly Julia, who was then my girlfriend and now is my wife and mother of my daughter.”
“They are things that are done with 15 years when nobody knows you and when you cannot think that this will have an impact years later, because when you put it on or imagine that you will become a professional.
“But I also say that if for those tweets someone has felt offended and I have to apologize and apologize, I do it humbly and without problems.”
Firpo went on to say that “there’s no doubt” that Messi is the “best in the world by far.”
He continued: “I always say it when talking about the Golden Ball: at the beginning they had to give it to Messi and then create a prize for the rest of mortals and see who deserves it more.”
Firpo sent an apology after the tweets emerged.