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What Ronaldo & Messi Said About Vuvuzelas

A huge talking point of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was the reverberating sounds of vuvuzelas, sounds that superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both struggled with. Do you remember what they said about vuvuzelas?

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The World Cup on our South African shores was one of the most memorable times for fans in Mzansi, who were joined by thousands of football-mad supporters from across the world to celebrate the joyous occasion.

The tournament went by successfully, with our rainbow nation treating the rest of the world to a brilliant time, right until up the final at Soccer City, where Spain beat Netherlands in extra-time to lift the illustrious trophy.

While the football played throughout the competition was undoubtedly entertaining, there was one thing that caused much debate among fans and players – the ear-shattering sounds of the vuvuzelas at the stadiums.

Some supporters from different parts of the world struggled to get used to the noise, as did footballers taking part in the showpiece, including Argentina's Messi and Portugal's Ronaldo.

In fact, during the competition, the Albiceleste No. 10 said: "It is impossible to communicate, it's like being deaf."

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Messi's long-term rival Ronaldo made more scathing comments about the loud horns, although he did call on people to respect the supporters who wanted to use them.

"It is difficult for anyone on the pitch to concentrate. A lot of players don't like them, but they are going to have to get used to them," he said in 2010, according to Rediff.com.

"Teams have done nothing but criticise the vuvuzelas, but you have to respect them. Hardly anyone likes them, but the people who do like them are those who like to blow the instruments and make a racket."

Former Spain midfielder and winner of the tournament Xabi Alonso is believed to have called for vuvuzelas to be banned from stadiums, while Patrice Evra echoed Messi's sentiment that players struggled to communicate on the field because of them.

"We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas, people start playing them from 6am. We can't hear one another out on the pitch because of them," the former France star said a decade ago, as per Bleacher Report.  

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The sounds of the vuvuzelas were never heard louder than when former Kaizer Chiefs star Siphiwe Tshabalala opened the scoring at the tournament with an iconic strike for Bafana Bafana against Mexico. A similar noise echoed through Soccer City when Andres Iniesta won the World Cup for Spain, wrapping up a remarkable tournament in South Africa.

Why do you think it was so difficult for players to get used to vuvuzelas? Let us now in the comments section below.

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