Former Argentine international striker Sergio Aguero has warned his former teammate Nicolás Otamendi and threatened to “kill” him if he causes star Lionel Messi to miss the 2022 World Cup.
The Champions League was played by Paris Saint-Germain, for which Messi plays with the Portuguese club Benfica, which includes defender Otamendi, and these two clubs will participate in Group H along with the Italian side Juventus and Maccabi Haifa.
After the Champions League draw, Aguero, who retired a few months ago due to heart problems, joked: “Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Benfica… Otamendi has to defend his team’s goal and hit Messi. I tell him please do it. Don’t hurt Messi, because if you do, I will kill you. The World Cup is just around the corner.”
He added: “Otamendi will also face (another Argentine) Di Maria, the new Juventus striker. Otamendi will be a hated character and should bode well for Messi and Di Maria.”
Benfica will host Paris Saint-Germain in the third round of the group stage on October 5 next year, while the French club will play their Portuguese guest in the fourth round on the 11th of the same month.
It is noteworthy that Argentina will perform at the World Cup, which will be hosted by Qatar from November 20 to December 18, in Group C along with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland, and Messi’s teammates will start their careers in the tournament against Saudi Arabia. November 22.