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Crazy fan tries to get Lionel Messi to sign his shirtless body on the pitch

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You have to give credit to Lionel Messi – the Argentine top scorer was ready to sign.

In a 3-0 World Cup win over Jamaica at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, Messi was twice accosted by fans after coming into the game in the 56th minute, including one who wanted the football legend to take his body. to sign.

The first fan tried to snap a picture of Messi in the 65th minute, but was tackled at his feet by security.

It didn’t put the 35-year-old off his game. Messi scored from 23 meters in the 86th minute. A second fan stormed onto the field and handed Messi a marker. The Argentinian started writing, but the fan was dealt with by security.

Messi scored another goal three minutes later after being knocked down by Adrian Mariappa just outside the penalty area. Messi sent the kick through the defensive wall and just to the right of a sprawling Andre Blake for his ninth free kick for Argentina.

His Argentine teammates understand why fans just want to get close to him.

“You have to enjoy Messi,” said coach Lionel Scaloni. “Regardless of your country, everyone does that. I am his coach, but I would buy a ticket to see him.”

Messi scored four goals in Argentina’s two World Cup warm-ups this month, earning him 16 career goals on American grass.

A fan begs Lionel Messi for an autograph during Argentina’s World Cup warm-up against Jamaica.


A fan is tackled near Lionel Messi during Argentina's World Cup warm-up against Jamaica.

A fan is tackled near Lionel Messi during Argentina’s World Cup warm-up against Jamaica.


Lionel Messi scored two goals against Jamaica.

Lionel Messi scored two goals against Jamaica.


Less than a minute into the second half, fans burst into applause as Messi walked with teammates to a corner and began to warm up. A large percentage of the crowd seemed more focused on stretching Messi than on the action on the pitch, with fans rising and rumbling the stadium as he came in for Lautaro Martínez and took off the captain’s armband from Angel Di Maria.

“There are no words to describe what he is,” said Julian Álvarez, who scored the opening goal of the match. “If he plays five, ten minutes or the whole game, he manages to do great things.”

— With AP

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