Lionel Messi selflessly took the time to chat and take photos with the Nicaragua squad after Argentina’s 5-1 thumping of Nicaragua.
The 31-year-old Argentine forward stole the spotlight in the first half with a superb solo effort to open the scoring, following it up with his second to complete his brace.
The Barcelona captain was subbed off during half-time for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, but the attention was placed on him again after the full-time whistle had blown.
Like many before them, the Nicaragua players couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share a moment with Messi by speaking to him or posing for a few pictures.
And the Argentina captain had no intention of brushing them aside and he instead chatted away with them and snapped a few pictures so that they could remember the moment.
Thanks to Spanish newspaper Marca, posted below are some pictures of Messi alongside the players and Mexican-born Nicaraguan Manuel Rosas.
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni will see his side’s convincing win over Nicaragua as a morale boost as his side prepare for this summer’s Copa América.
Messi might believe that Argentina won’t win the competition, but Scaloni says they are in for a chance if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner produces “what he does every Sunday.”
“If we have a good performance as a team and, in addition, Messi does what he does every Sunday, surely we will do well,” he said.
“We know that we have pure dynamite above, high goal players, so if we are solid, we will have many possibilities, these players were born to win, to compete at these levels, to make them understand what it means to play with this shirt is the easiest, they are used to all this.”
Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero has also insisted that his aim is for Argentina to win the competition for Messi.
Argentina, who are in Group B, will kick off their Copa América campaign next Saturday against Colombia.
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Featured Image Credit: Marca