Russia: Spain's Jordi Alba makes staunch defence of Barcelona teammate Messi

Spanish football player Jordi Alba defended his Barcelona teammate Leo Messi, during a press conference in Krasnodar on Thursday, following criticism of the Argentine superstar after he missed a penalty for Argentina against Iceland (1-1). “I honestly don’t understand the criticism of Leo [Messi], but I don’t understand many things. I think he is a unique player who improves the national team... Еще. Anyone who knows anything about football should not criticise Messi, but well, there are all types of people,“ said Alba. The Spanish defender also denied having any interest in signing for English club side Tottenham Hotspur, as, reportedly, the team is attempting to secure his signature. “No, no, I am very happy at Barca. If it depended on me, I would stay at Barca all my life, but that doesn’t depend on me,” he stated. Concerning Spain's encounter against Iran on Wednesday, in which “La Roja” won 1-0, Alba said it had been difficult to get shots on goal, since “there were many players inside the area.” The Spanish team was also seen training in Krasnodar ahead of their match against Morocco on June 25.

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