The Estadio Jose Alvalade may have previously sung the praises of former Sporting CP player Cristiano Ronaldo, but that doesn’t mean there are no Lionel Messi fans in Lisbon.
The talent in Messi’s feet is loved by football fans across the world – maybe just a little bit too much by some. One of them ran into the pitch in the final moments of Barcelona’s 1-0 victory on Wednesday night in order to hug the Argentine and kiss his boots.
Most of those in the stands weren’t happy with the incident and sang the Real Madrid star and Portugal captain’s name.
Play was halted during Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over Sporting in their Champions League Group D clash on Wednesday night, when the avid Messi fan stormed onto the pitch to meet his idol.
The young supporter breached security and ran onto the pitch to give Messi a great big hug, which the Argentine dutifully received.
Just before the boy was escorted away, he knelt down to give Messi’s magical left foot a smooch before being carried off the pitch.
Messi was heavily involved in Barcelona’s only goal of the game, as his free-kick was turned in by former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates in the 49th minute.