Sabato 19 Novembre 2016 - 15:00

Messi pays wages of Argentina team security staff

The Argentine Football Association is mirred in an going financial crisis.

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Lionel Messi paid the wages of Argentine team's security staff out of his own pocket after hearing they hadn't received their salary for six months, according to media reports.   The Argentine Football Association is mirred in an going financial crisis amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement.    Journalist Juan Pablo Varsky told Metro 95 radio that Messi was told of his countrymen's plight before Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Brazil in Belo Horizonte last week.    "Messi was in his room... when a knock at the door came," Varsky said. "Two or three people appeared, all from the security team who look after the Argentine squad. They said, 'Leo, we have to talk with you. For five or six months they have not paid us. The situation is complicated, you are the captain of the team, you know us, we are asking for your help'."   According to Varsky, Messi immediately called his father, Jorge, asking that he sent the money to the unpaid staff.     "When Messi finds out that someone told this he will be furious, but it doesn't matter," said Varsky. "There are a lot of actions he doesn't want people to know about but I thought it pertinent to tell this because there is no reason not to, save for his anger."

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