Lionel Messi Mobbed In Argentina As He Sets To Play For His Country Again
Lionel Messi was mobbed in his homeland, Argentina, as he rejoined the national team for the March international break.
This is the first time since the Qatar World Cup final in December that Lionel Messi would return to international action.
Naija News recalls that Argentina beat the then reigning champions, France to the title via penalties.
Before the tournament, Lionel Messi told reporters that the 2022 World Cup could be the last time he would play for his country. However, after the World Cup, the 35-year-old Paris Saint Germain forward said he wants to continue playing for his country as a world champion.
On Tuesday, March 22, Messi was spotted at a restaurant in Buenos Aires with his family after reuniting with the national team.
After using the restaurant, he reportedly refused to use the backdoor which was a measure to prevent being mobbed by the excited fans waiting for him outside the eatery.
As expected, immediately he stepped out via the front door, the anxiously waiting fans mobbed him while his bodyguards try to guard the record 7 times Ballon d’Or winner away from the crowd.
In that instance, there was a series of shoving but that didn’t stop some lucky fans from taking pictures and firming the rare moment.
Lionel Messi leaving the restaurant. Rock star. Via @M30Xtra.pic.twitter.com/sxHStBX1kQ
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) March 21, 2023
Lionel Messi trying to leave a restaurant in Argentina last night 😳🐐
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 21, 2023
Games Messi’s Argentina will play this March and kick-off time:
While club football across the world is on hold for the first international break of 2023, national teams will keep football enthusiasts busy with some international football.
Just like other national teams, the Argentina national team will be very active during the break. Messi and his national team have international friendlies with Panama and Curacao.
Panama will visit El Monumental stadium in Bruno Aires to take on Argentina on Friday, March 24. The kickoff time is 01:00.
Argentina’s last game during the break will take place at Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero on Tuesday, March 28. The Kick-off time is yet to be determined.