Fans go out of their way to catch a glimpse of their favorite sporting hero (s). However, for the lucky few, a chance to see their favorites up close without breaking a sweat is another level of happiness. Two Indians are still in shock after having had a golden chance to see their favorite football star up close recently.
Lionel Messi has changed clubs for the first time in his career after ending his two-decade association with FC Barcelona earlier this month. The talismanic striker has signed a two-year contract with a third-year extension option with French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
The Ligue 1 giants have ensured that the legendary footballer not only received the greatest reception ever, but also went all out for the luxury and comfort of the star striker by booking him and him. his family, at the hotel Le Royal Monceau in Paris. Meanwhile, supporters turned out in large numbers from the airport to the Parc des Princes stadium to greet the star. However, it was a lucky day for two Indian fans who stole the show on social media after having the golden opportunity not only to see Messi and his family a few feet away, but also to receive recognition from the star herself.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner had briefly stepped out to greet fans from the hotel balcony. It was then that two lucky residents of Kerala – Anas PA, from Thalikulam in Thrissur, and Sameer, a resident of Thanoor in Malappuram, spotted Messi and his family a few meters away.
Speaking to Mathrubhumi News about their lucky meeting, the duo said they had waited a long time on the roads after hearing about Messi’s arrival. However, they returned disappointed to their hotel room, but they didn’t expect the star to be on the balcony right next to theirs. The duo enthusiastically called him and Messi acknowledged their call with a thumbs-up, they told the publication.
Anas recorded the event on her phone and shared it on social media, which instantly went viral. The footage shows Anas calling Messi on multiple occasions.
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While the duo lucked out with the recognition of Messi, Sameer even managed to get a dreamy selfie with the legendary footballer. He told the media outlet that he waited patiently at the restaurant and called Messi when he saw him go out. The football icon was surrounded by heightened security, but when he pleaded for a selfie, Messi turned for a few seconds to click on an image, he explained.
Sameer said his phone hasn’t stopped ringing after sharing the precious selfie on social media.
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