MW2 Messi operator branded “stupid” amid calls for better characters

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Reloaded adds new operators like TMNT villain Shredder, but its World Cup legend Lionel Messi getting flack from COD fans.

Lionel Messi in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty has seen many zany crossovers arrive on its battlefield, with the latest Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Reloaded update offering up TMNT baddie Master Shredder as a new operator. However, MW2 fans are ready for better COD bundles to arrive, going as far as to dissect existing collaborations like the Lionel Messi COD operator bundle for failing to deliver the goods.

Despite achieving World Cup glory, footballer Lionel Messi is failing to impress the Modern Warfare 2 community. The Paris Saint-Germain F.C. player particularly frustrates Redditor ‘NotoriousD4C’, as they ask Infinity Ward to “never let [Lionel] Messi near a studio microphone ever again.”

The Messi Operator bundle arrived in November last year, alongside Neymar Jr and Paul Pogba. While the latter have gained positive praise for their voice performances, Messi’s reception is still sparking conversation. 

“Pogba you can tell LOVED recording his lines. He had a lot of enthusiasm. Neymar, not as much, but at least he showed up,” says ‘BigDaddyKrool‘. Messi’s vocal talents are the focal point of his appearance, as players like ‘Benzo00‘ add “I’ve never heard such monotone voice acting. Why they let him be a playable character is stupid.”

Never let Messi near a studio microphone ever again
by u/NotoriousD4C in ModernWarfareII

The quality of Messi’s voice line recordings has COD players discussing whether they were recorded in a studio environment. “I don’t think he was near one [a studio microphone] in the first place. It sounds like someone called him on a satellite phone while he was on a plane,” jokes ‘HAL-9420’.

Messi and his football alums are a catalyst for further operator debates, as Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Reloaded dishes out its latest crossover, this time with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s own Master Shredder. While Shredder’s appearance compliments the aesthetic of maps like Warzone 2‘s Ashika Island, his presence baffles some COD players. “So dumb he’s [Lionel Messi] even in this game. And I love TMNT. [But I’m] not buying Shredder. How silly,” expresses ‘SmoothMoose420‘.

Shredder’s appearance strikes COD fans as a leftfield inclusion, with some going as far as to say pop-culture characters like John Wick are a better choice to consider as a new operator in future Modern Warfare 2 updates. However, whether John Wick will leap over from PayDay 2 and Fortnite remains to be seen.

Whether you’re leaping into battle as Messi or Shredder, one thing is vital and that is using a powerful loadout. Be sure to equip this epic MW2 meta loadout next time you head into a gunfight.