A 25-year-old Santiago Alberione, a local fan of the Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, recalls the moment he bumped into his idol on the street of Castelldefels, the area where the legendary Argentine lives.
Alberione was so awe-struck that he took to his social media page to share the photos he took with him followed by an emotional note which went viral.
Alberione went on to narrate:
“An unforgettable day for someone who believes in an athlete. If you are anti-Messi, I hope you aren’t even reading this. Today I fulfilled one of my greatest dreams, I met Lionel Andres Messi. I had the luck to take a photo with him and take a gift home which will be the most symbolic and historic that I could have related to sport.”
“I see this short guy with his weird shorts crossing the road and coming over to where I was, my heart went to eight beats a second, my throat went dry and the voice went weird when I told myself – here comes the flea, yes, it’s Messi!!!!!!”
“Next thing I ask with a lot of respect if I can take a photo with him, apologizing for invading his privacy. With a smile on his face, he accepted and said not to worry, that I wasn’t annoying him. Then he signed my shirt and asked if I was from Cordoba. I responded with another question, asking if it was so obvious that he noticed, with a smile and glassy eyes. With a sublime and humble laugh, he said yes.”
“Then I thanked him again and repeated my apologies for annoying him, with a smile he said ‘Don’t worry, look after yourself’ and gave me a hug and a handshake and he went home. They were approximately 60 seconds, but it felt like an eternity.
“Obviously afterward I cried with emotion, I met the best player of all time (according to my criteria, to avoid debate). Today I fulfilled the dream of mine that few will understand as today I met Messi and today I am the happiest guy in the universe. I love you, thank you for being Argentine.”