Messi, of course, as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, is used to this kind of attention. And he’s generally pretty great about respecting the fans who risk their bodily security to get a glimpse of their idol up close on the field.
In fact, the five-time world player of the year is so friendly to his fans that he even reportedly invited one to board his yacht off the coast of Ibiza, Spain, this summer.
He “was very humble, very hospitable,” said the fan, who swam half a mile out to the yacht before being invited aboard.
The fate of the invader at Thursday night’s game, which took place in Mendoza, Argentina, remains unclear.