​Former ​Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has opened up on his rival Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp, revealing that, he hopes the Argentina superstar, “retires from the sport as soon as possible.”

The Spaniard who spent seven seasons at the Bernabeu between 2009-2016 is known to be a fervent supporter of Madrid, with the defender even getting into several disagreements with Barcelona players during his time in the Spanish capital.

Arbeloa while admitting that Messi should be considered as one of the greatest to play the sport, does not want to see him dominating proceedings on the pitch for very long.

“He is very good, but I haven’t been able to enjoy his antics, and I guess I never will. I hope he calls it quits soon, I’m counting the days for it to happen,” he said as quoted by ​livesoccertv.

The 36-year-old refuted suggestions that he is anti-Barcelona, claiming that he only wants to see Madrid succeed in every competition they participate in and that the Catalan giants are always in the mix in these tournaments as they are their closest rivals.

“I am not anti-Barca. I want them to lose because Real Madrid can benefit from it. Madrid fans are not always anti-Barca. I just want them to lose everywhere, including in their training session tomorrow. Seeing them eliminated from the UCL would be good, they would be one less team left to beat in that tournament.”

Arbeloa made 233 appearances for Madrid in all competitions, helping the club win one La Liga title, two Copa del Rey’s and two UEFA Champions League honours.

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