BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi is a Madrid supporter.

At least when it comes to the 2020 Olympics.

Messi is supporting the Spanish bid ahead of this week's vote by the International Olympic Committee, modeling a shirt Tuesday that read "Madrid 2020"— surely a strange feeling for the Barcelona star who has made his reputation beating the city's most famous team — Real Madrid.

Messi said: "I think it is good for sport if Madrid is awarded the games, not only for the city but also for the top-level athletes in Spain. It is very important to host the Olympics in the country where I live. I was very lucky to participate in the Olympics for Argentina and it is an amazing experience for all athletes."

The IOC will vote on the host city for the 2020 Olympics on Saturday with Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul the candidates.

 

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