Everton midfielder Royston Drenthe has said that he was racially abused by Barcelona striker Lionel Messi while the Dutchman was at Real Madrid. Royston Drenthe spent a few seasons at Real Madrid before eventually moving to Dutch club Feyenoord a few seasons back. He is currently on loan at Everton, but has said that he would like to return to his parent club at the end of the season. The 25-year-old has been one of the reasons for Everton to have a great end to the season. It is quite possible that Everton can finish above Liverpool in the league for the first time since 2005. Everton managed to qualify for the Champions League back then, but now they are unlikely to make it even into the Europa league.
Royston Drenthe was signed by manager David Moyes on a loan deal till the end of the season, but there have been rumours that the club could be looking at the possibility of making the deal permanent in the summer. The player, however, has confirmed that he would not like to stay with the Merseyside club and would like to return to Feyenoord. He has also said that Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has racial abuse to him on a number of occasions using the same word used by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Patrice Evra.
“I played against him many times and we always have problems with each other. You know what bothers me so? That tone with which he always says, ‘negro, negro’. I understand that negro in South America is very common, but we can not stand it. Mahamadou Diarra, my team-mate at Real, could explode if ‘negro’ was aimed at him. The Argentinean Gabriel Heinze and Gonzalo Higuain said it initially on the training ground, but they were stopped,” said Drenthe.