WATCH: Lionel Messi MOBBED by Argentina fans during restaurant visit in Buenos Aires
- All-time great back in his homeland
- Has faced criticism at PSG this season
- World Cup winner idolised in South America
WHAT HAPPENED? The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has, amid more questions regarding his future at Paris Saint-Germain, wasted no time in heading home after reaching the latest international break. While he has been facing criticism from pundits and jeers from the stands in France, the 35-year-old World Cup winner remains a hero in the eyes of his compatriots in South America and everybody wants a piece of him whenever he leaves his family bubble.
Lionel Messi leaving the restaurant. Rock star. Via @M30Xtra.pic.twitter.com/sxHStBX1kQ— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) March 21, 2023
Lionel Messi being mobbed after leaving a restaurant in Argentina. Via @AndresLacouture. 😳pic.twitter.com/wi6A0zQG8u— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) March 21, 2023
🏆 TOP STORY: NXGN 2023 & the top 10 best wonderkids
📣 HAVE YOUR SAY: Who is your favourite wonderkid?
🚨 MUST READ: Griezmann furious & considering retirement!
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Messi has, as an all-time great in the football world, grown accustomed to generating such elaborate shows of emotion from those in Argentina, but it is still a little scary to see a mass of people surge their way forward as you endeavour to leave an eating establishment.
WHAT NEXT? Argentina, who brought Messi’s long wait for global glory to a close at Qatar 2022, have two friendlies to take in during the March break in domestic action – with those contests set to see them take on Panama and Curacao.