" I want to send my condolences and a very big hug to all his family members and friends, Messi added."
Buenos Aires, July 31 - Argentine football star Lionel Messi Wednesday said the death of the longtime president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Julio Grondona, was a sad day for football. He was 82.

A sad day for football, for all Argentina and for me, Xinhua quoted Messi as stating in a Facebook postposted on his Facebook page. The president of the AFA, Julio Grondona, has left us.

I want to send my condolences and a very big hug to all his family members and friends, Messi added.

Grondona died earlier Wednesday in Buenos Aires after serving as the head of the AFA since 1979.


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