Last week, Alfredo Morelos received the news that he had not been selected in Colombia’s 40-man preliminary Copa America squad [Sky Sports].
This was somewhat surprising news, as he had previously seemed an important part of new coach Carlos Quieroz’s plans.
Morelos turned out in two international friendlies in March. Firstly against Japan and then South Korea.
Yet, despite Quieroz picking eleven attacking options in his squad, there was no room for El Bufalo this time around.
In reaction to the news, he said,
“I know I made mistakes. But every player does that. I also know I have done a lot of things right this season.
“I am calm about it and I am concentrating on Rangers. I’ve had a really good season and I hope to end it in the best possible way.”
Now, though, he’s hit out indirectly at the decision to omit him, via social media.
He retweeted an article from Colombian website Futbolred.com, which questioned Quieroz’s call. The translation reads: “Does the Colombian team have the goals of Alfredo Morelos? Despite having the best average scorer of the Colombian fronts was left off the list.”
The article then goes on to compare Morelos to both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They use statistics that show the Gers forward as having a better goalscoring ratio than either great when they were the same age.
In sharing the article, it’s clear that Morelos is still smarting.
However, he only really has himself to blame. With 30 goals this season, his ability is not in question.
Yet, it seems Colombia’s manager has decided that due to his disciplinary issues, he simply can’t be trusted in such a high profile tournament.