Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 5/9/12
Lionel Messi is adored around the world not only for his sublime soccer skills, but also for the way he carries himself in public. But the FC Barcelona star's reputation could take a hit after Royston Drenthe accused him of repeatedly calling him "negro" after an on-field altercation. The Telegraph reports Drenthe told a Dutch website that bad blood has existed between Messi and him for some time. "I played against him many times and we always have problems with each other," Drenthe said. "You know what bothers me so? That tone with which he always says, 'negro, negro.'" "I understand that 'negro' in South America is very common, but we can not stand it. Mahamadou Diarra, my team-mate at Real [Madrid] , could explode if 'negro' was aimed at him. The Argentinean Gabriel Heinze and Gonzalo Higuain said it initially on the training ground, but they were stopped." "When Hercules played Barcelona, during the game I had a small altercation with him. He gave me a hand in the match and...
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