At the recent Women’s World Cup, Argentina’s star forward, Yamila Rodríguez, found herself in the center of a social media storm over her Cristiano Ronaldo tattoos. The 25-year-old player, known for her on-field prowess, has been facing criticism for proudly displaying a tattoo of Cristiano Ronaldo on her left shin, despite being a devoted supporter of her nation’s talisman, Lionel Messi.
But Yamila Rodriguez is not one to back down from expressing her admiration for both footballing legends. Speaking out on Instagram, she passionately defended her tattoo choices, asserting that favoring Ronaldo doesn’t diminish her appreciation for Messi, who is the revered captain of the national team.
“Please stop, I’m not having a good time. At what point did I say that I’m anti-Messi?” Rodriguez wrote, expressing her frustration at the baseless accusations.
The criticism intensified when it was revealed that Rodriguez also honors the memory of the late Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona, with a tattoo on her left thigh. However, she is adamant that embracing different football icons should not be misinterpreted as a lack of patriotism or devotion to her home country.
“What is the problem? We are not all obliged to only love the players of our country,” she argued passionately. “Please understand that this is football, and everyone has appreciation, their preferences, and highlighting one does not mean burying the other. Enough, it tires me, it hurts me.”
Rodríguez has said in other occasions she has “the two best players in the world on my left leg
Rodriguez’s steadfast response showcases her unyielding passion for the sport and her personal sources of inspiration. Cristiano Ronaldo, known for his remarkable goal-scoring record with over 800 goals in his career, has clearly left an indelible impact on the Argentine forward.
As Argentina faced a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Italy in their Women’s World Cup group opener, Rodriguez is now urging fans to shift their focus back to the sport and lend their unwavering support to the national team as they gear up to face South Africa on Friday in Group G.
Cristiano Ronaldo Tattoo Reflects Personal Inspiration ; Rodriguez
With Rodriguez making a strong statement on social media, it’s evident that football and its fans are more diverse and multifaceted than ever before. As the Women’s World Cup continues to unfold, let us celebrate the players’ individuality and passion for the beautiful game, regardless of international boundaries.
Let’s remember that at its core, football is about unity, love for the sport, and the pursuit of excellence on the field. So, let the players inspire us, just as Yamila Rodriguez finds inspiration in both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two extraordinary footballing talents who have brought joy to fans worldwide.