While Fox Sports may have a policy about not showing fans who run onto the field during their broadcast, that didn’t stop people from photographing one of the most bizarre moments (or, given the 4-0 blowout score, exciting moments) and posting it to Twitter from last night’s Copa America Semifinals.
In the second half of the match between the USA and Argentina, a fan ran onto the field, interrupting the game for a few minutes. Nothing all too out-of-the-ordinary about that; it is after all soccer, and people run out onto the field all the time.
But the world’s greatest player isn’t always on the field, and that’s exactly who this superfan was determined to meet up close: Lionel Messi, who shortly before the incident became the all-time leading scorer in Argentinian history.
A fan with Messi at the start of the second half
— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) June 22, 2016
The fan, dressed in an Argentinian jersey, embraces the 28-year-old phenom, even bowing down at one point in front of him. Messi hugged the young man back in a genuine act of kindness after his soccer salutations, taking his phone from him for the ultimate selfie:
— Nolan Schewe (@NolanSchewe) June 22, 2016
What a photo pic.twitter.com/KJC3KkLWDo
— Jojo Culé (@jperkovic93) June 22, 2016
The religious-like devotion to Messi shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the world’s number one player notched a goal and two assists in the Semifinals win. Argentina will take on the winner of Chile and Colombia Sunday in the COPA America Championship match in New Jersey, largely on the heroics of the Barcelona star’s left foot:
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) June 22, 2016
Last week during Euro play, Cristiano Ronaldo also patiently snapped a selfie with a fan who bravely stormed the pitch during a Portugal match:
Looks like these ridiculously wealthy and talented athletes are good guys. Watch the above video via Fox Sports 1.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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