Lionel Messi has been accused of a number of things. The greatest footballer to ever play the game? Check. A genius? Check. The next Maradona? Check. A racist? Um ... check, apparently. According to Royston Drenthe, a Real Madrid player who is currently on loan at English side Everton, Messi called him a 'negro' repeatedly during his time in Spain.
Drenthe was speaking to the Dutch magazine Helden where he says that he clashed with the diminutive Argie a number of times during his tenure in Spain, especially when he was on loan at Hercules.
"I played against (Messi) many times and we always have problems with each other," Drenthe said. "You know what bothers me so? That tone which he always says, 'negro, negro'. I understand that negro in South America is very common, but we cannot stand it.