During Argentina’s 3-2 victory over Sweden on Wednesday evening, an eager soccer fan wearing a Barcelona jersey with Messi, 10, on the back looked to confront his diminutive hero. You can check out the incident below.
The fan gave Messi a big hug, which the Argentinian accepted, and then he ruffled the player’s head and planted a soft kiss on his temple before then departing with a huge smile on his face. He then graciously waited to be tackled by stewards, who took him off the field of play.
Messi, who captained his nation for the game, took all of the attention with good humour, before wiping the stranger’s saliva off of his head and re-organising his hair for the closing moments of the encounter.
The match itself saw Argentina race into a 3-1 lead before half time thanks to two goals from Gonzalo Higuain and one from Sergio Aguero. Jonas Olsson had earlier equalised for Sweden, who also got a consolation from Rasmus Elm in the fifth minute of injury time.”
Messi should have had a effort himself, only to see Sweden’s goalkeeper, Andreas Isaksson, spectacularly stop his goal-bound attempt with an overhead kick. However, the Barcelona striker was quick to note that he thought it should have been given, stating, “For me it was a goal, but that’s it. It’s important that the team won.”
Messi is regarded as the best player on the planet at the moment, and he even scored four goals in a 5-1 victory for Barcelona against Osasuna recently. This took him pass 200 goals for the club in the Spanish league.