Messi tells 11-year-old British lad he'll never leave Barcelona during kickabout on Antigua beach

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 3:18pm

By Patrick Christys @PatrickChristys

Messi has kickabout with 11-year-old British lad in Antigua

The GOAT is class on and off the pitch.

Can you imagine having a casual kickabout with Lionel Messi? Well, an 11-year-old lad from Canterbury did just that - and he even managed to get a transfer scoop in the process!

Mackenzie O'Neill was on holiday with his family in Antigua when a man asked him to join in with a game of football.

That man turned out to be 'The GOAT', who was playing with his son, Thiago.

Mackenzie, a Manchester United fan, couldn't help but ask Messi if he would ever leave Barcelona and the Argentinian forward ruled out any move away from the Nou Camp.

Speaking on Love Sport Breakfast with ex-Watford and Brentford goalkeeper Rich Lee, and Patrick Christys, Mackenzie said: "I asked him if he was going to leave Barcelona and he said no."

And it turns out Messi is absolutely class off the football pitch as well as on it.

Mackenzie's mother, Anna, told Love Sport: "When I heard there was a famous footballer on the beach I thought 'oh no, here we go'.

"I was thinking there’s going to be a huge show-off, champagne corks flying off...but it’s the absolute opposite.

"He’s a nice family guy, very attentive to the kids and his wife. They’re all just normal, adorable people.

"He was absolutely lovely."

Mackenzie, who plays as a goalkeeper for Faversham Strike Force FC, managed to keep a clean sheet against the Barcelona goal machine - an achievement very few 'keepers have managed!

The schoolboy even showed Messi a thing or two - 'I almost nutmegged him', Mackenzie said.

They say you should never meet your heroes, but it turns out that rule doesn't apply to Mr Messi. What a legend.

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