Lionel Messi has caused a scandal in China after he played in a friendly match in Japan despite being injured for a match in Hong Kong.
The Argentine superstar was due to be the main attraction in Hong Kong, but he pulled out of the game at the last minute with a hamstring injury.
However, just three days later, Messi was seen playing 30 minutes for Inter Miami in a friendly against Vissel Kobe.
This has angered Chinese fans and authorities, who feel that Messi has disrespected them.
As a result, the Chinese government has cancelled the Argentina national team’s tour of China, which was due to take place in March.
The Argentine FA is now scrambling to find alternative arrangements for the two matches that were scheduled to be played in China.
Messi’s actions have also drawn criticism from fans and pundits around the world.
Many believe that he should have been more honest about his injury and that he should not have played in Japan if he was not fit to play in Hong Kong.
This is not the first time that Messi has been accused of lacking respect for his fans.
In 2019, he was criticized for refusing to sign autographs for children after a Barcelona match.
Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time, but he is also a human being and he makes mistakes.
However, he needs to be more careful about his actions in the future, as he is a role model for millions of people around the world.