Salomon Rondon asks to keep politics out of football after stunning goal and win over Argentina
Life is good for Salomon Rondon.
Nine goals in his last nineteen games for Newcastle United and hoping Mike Ashley sees the sense of doing the necessary to keep both the striker and Rafa Benitez.
Friday night also saw Salomon Rondon score for Venezuela in a stunning 3-1 win over Argentina, a quality goal from the Newcastle striker setting them on their way (watch it here).
That friendly is part of the preparation for the Copa America which takes place from 14 June to 7 July this summer.
Salomon Rondon credited his NUFC form for his contribution to last night’s victory: ‘I have a good precedent at my club (Newcastle United) and that is why I’m good in the national team.’
Venezuela is currently in the midst of big political problems and protests, the striker asking for people to keep politics out of football: ‘As players we are with the coach, it is unfair to politicise the national team.’
Rondon hopes the national team can bring some relief and pride to the people of Venezuela in these troubled times: ‘We try to bring joy to the people of Venezuela , to the Venezuelan communities in so many countries and to be distracted (form their troubles/worries) with this victory.’
The groups as follows, with Brazil the top seed in Venezuela’s group.
Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Peru
Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Qatar
Uruguay, Ecuador, Japan, Chile
Salomon Rondon after scoring in 3-1 win over Argentina:
“As players we are with the coach, it is unfair to politicise the national team.
“We try to bring joy to the people of Venezuela , to the Venezuelan communities in so many countries and to be distracted (form their troubles/worries) with this victory.
“We were strong and we counteracted our rival, that speaks well of us as we work towards Copa America.
“We do not think as individuals but as a collective and that has worked for us today.
“We have to keep working, doing things well.
“I have a good precedent at my club (Newcastle United) and that is why I’m good in the national team.
“We have some other friendlies (playing Catalonia on Mondayand then Mexico on 4 June) before the Copa America, a nice preparation and we hope it goes well.”
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