Lionel Messi’s return to international football was always going to be a special occasion.
The Barcelona superstar retired from Argentina duty following their Copa America final penalty shootout loss to Chile earlier this summer, but he recently made a dramatic u-turn on his decision.
His first match back in the blue and white of Argentina came against Uruguay in a World Cup qualifying match and Messi was also going to be the star of the show.
Not only did he score the only goal of the match, he was easily the best player on the pitch as Argentina overtook their opposition in the South American qualifying to take first place after seven matches.
Messi broke the deadlock three minutes before half-time as he made room for a shot and his 20-yard strike was deflected by defender Jose Gimenez past Fernando Muslera in the net.
Just minutes later, Argentina were reduced to 10 men when Paulo Dybala picked up his second yellow card, but the home side held on to their lead.
But Messi was the star attraction for the fans in Mendoza and everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of the five-time Ballon d’Or making his comeback from international retirement.
But a glimpse simply wasn’t enough for one fan.
During the match, one supporter ran onto the pitch and made a beeline for Messi. Shortly before reaching him, he slipped and almost wiped out the 29-year-old. He then knelt down and prayed at his feet before giving Messi a massive hug.
Take a look at his actions below:
Messi and the pitch invader
Messi, as you’d expect, reacted brilliantly and gave the supporter a little cuddle before stewards escorted him away.
After making his return to action for Argentina, Messi insisted that he hadn’t deceived anyone by making his comeback just months after announcing his retirement.
Messi hasn't deceived anyone
“I am very grateful [to return to the national team],” Messi told Argentine TV.
“But I did not deceive anybody when I retired, I felt that.
“We were very disappointed with what had happened, but after that I thought better.
“I had a conversation with the Paton [Bauza] and the people as well accompanied me through it.”
We don’t know about you but we’re very glad Messi is back playing for Argentina.
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