- Alvaro Arbeloa admits he cannot wait to see Lionel Messi retire from playing for Barcelona
- The Spaniard also reveals he always wants Barcelona to lose every time even in training
- Arbeloa hanged his boots in 2017 after a short spell at Premier League side West Ham United
Former Real Madrid full back Alvaro Arbeloa has revealed how much he wants Barcelona to lose whenever they are playing.
The 36-year-old who spent about nine seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu on two different stints also admitted that Lionel Messi is a 'great player' but has never enjoy him in action because of the club he plays for.
During his reign at the club, he made 237 appearances in all competitions - scoring a couple of goals in the process. He faced off with Lionel Messi on several occasions in Clasicos.
He hanged his boot in 2017 after appearing just three times for West Ham United, but two years into his retirement, Arbeloa admits he still cannot stand Messi in Barca shirts.
Arbeloa remains loyal to his former club but claims he is 'counting down the days' until his playing career ends.
Speaking on Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito, the 36-year-old said: "I'm not anti-Barcelona, but I always want them to lose because that's good for Real Madrid."
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"Would I want them to fail to go through in the Champions League? Yes, there's be one less rival.
"Barcelona were always a challenging team, they're a great team. I respect Barcelona a lot, as they're a great team with a great player like Lionel Messi.
"He's very good, although I've never been able to enjoy it and I don't think I ever will. I hope he retires before long, I'm counting down the days."
He won two Champions League titles, one La Liga and a few other domestic trophies during his reign in Spain.
Arbeloa also played for Premier League sides Liverpool and West Ham before hanging his boots, but even at that, he admits he wants Barca to 'lose even in training'.
Legit.ng earlier reported that reigning European champions Real Madrid have been crowned as the biggest club in the world beating rivals Barcelona according to the list by France Football.
Report reveals that the organising body considered players value, television audiences, social media followership, average attendances, income, expenses, market value of the team and the historical importance of the club.
Barcelona are occupying second position on the top 10 list and they trail Real Madrid by only seven points.
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