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One man has gone to some absolutely ridiculous lengths in order to meet Lionel Messi

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For football fans, getting the chance to meet your hero is usually top of most priority lists.

Everyone has their favourite player and more often than not, the biggest stars in the world sit on the summit of most.

Diego Maradona, Pele and Johan Cruyff were the heroes of yesteryear and now, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two footballing celebrities everyone wants to meet.

On a number of occasions, fans have raided the pitch to get a selfie with either of the two superstars and some have even broken through security guards outside of team hotels.

However, one man can now lay claim to the most ridiculous journey geared towards meeting Messi.

Honestly, the lengths he goes to meet the Barcelona man is frankly unbelievable.

THE JOURNEY

The man is question is 27-year-old Martin Galli, an Argentinian national who moved to Barcelona last year.

That's just the first step of his masterplan, with Spanish publication Sport revealing that Galli went to some seriously extreme lengths.

HE WENT FULL ON 'DETECTIVE'

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After some initial temporary work, he was offered a job at the Nou Camp as a waiter and this is where his bizarre journey begins.

"The first day I went to the stadium, I jumped through security saying I had an interview, which was true. But then I realised that the system wasn't very rigorous and that being inside I could find blind points to meet Leo," he said.

He worked in the part of the stadium where the players families, directors and VIPs hang out and this is where he went 'detective', studying everything there is to know about Messi's Barca routine.

FAILED ATTEMPTS

Galli failed to meet him on several occasions, with one occasion foiled by the fact Barcelona had to play Las Palmas behind closed doors.

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Another time, he managed to spot a glimpse of Messi before the Eibar game and he said: "I froze. He existed! Messi was real."

Well, of course he does.

SUCCESS AT OLYMPIAKOS GAME

Galli finally got his opportunity at the Champions League home game against Olympiakos where after virtually studying Messi's every move at the club, he took his chance.

He waited for him, gave him a hug, got a selfie and wished him luck at the World Cup.

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That night, he quit his job at the Nou Camp and essentially, sacrificed a sizeable portion of his life just to meet Messi.

Ten out ten for commitment, but it's still a little strange.

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Topics:
Barcelona
Andres Iniesta
La Liga
Football
Luis Suarez
Gerard Pique
Lionel Messi

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