Sporting Life

Adopting a nation for the World Cup can be a Messi process

To hell with loyalty to yellow and enough with the samba. It's time for a round-ball revolt, an act of soccer sedition. After almost a lifetime of being Brazilian, after swearing by the sophisticated talent of Socrates and reading wild tales about that Beethoven in boots called Garrincha, it's time.

To ditch Brazil.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2018, with the headline 'Adopting a nation for the World Cup can be a Messi process'. Print Edition | Subscribe