- Arsen divorces his wife because she constantly criticized Messi's performance
- Lyudmila is also a supporter of Messi's Portuguese rival, Cristiano Ronaldo
- The 40-year-old man got frustrated as he filed for separation from his partner
A Russian man named Arsen is divorcing his wife, Lyudmila, of 14 years after she criticized Lionel Messi's performance in the World Cup, Daily Mail quoting afi.cu.
The pair bonded over their shared love of football when they met in a sports bar in Chelyabinsk, Russia, during the 2002 edition of the tournament.
After then, they wedded less than two years later despite the fact they were fans of rival Moscow football teams and he backs Barcelona while she supports rivals Real Madrid.
According to afi.ru, it was the 40-year-old's love for Argentine striker Messi and his wife's preference for his biggest rival Cristiano Ronaldo that ended their marriage last week.
He said that he and his 37-year-old wife regularly joke with one another about Messi and Ronaldo but this World Cup provided the last straw that broke the camel's back.
Arsen said Argentina's disappointing run at the Russia 2018 World Cup led to his wife mocking the player's performance.
He ignored her but when he was celebrating Messi's goal against Nigeria, he snapped when his wife began mocking the star player again.
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"From the very beginning of the World Cup, Lyudmila constantly mocked me and my beloved player, saying that he played poorly and couldn't even score an important penalty in the game with Iceland," he told the newspaper.
Arsen further stressed he was extremely worried for Argentina during the game against Nigeria.
"When she once again started speaking unkindly about Lionel and his performance, I got angry and, in turn, expressed everything I thought of her handsome Ronaldo, the Portuguese national team, herself and all the other clubs Lyudmila is crazy about.
"Then I took all my things and left her for good."
The following day, he filed for divorce. Both Argentina and Portugal crashed out of the World Cup in the round of 16 stage.
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