Lionel Messi Plays Down ‘Punching’ Incident

Lionel Messi has played down an incident in which someone tried to punch him outside a restaurant in his home town of Rosario on Thursday.

It was said that a punch thrown by a youth wearing a hoodie failed to make contact with the Barcelona star.

The Argentine international however told reporters that : “I wasn’t even touched,”.

He also added : “I didn’t feel a thing and I only found out after all the kerfuffle, it was nothing,”

Messi who is currently on holiday, left the restaurant with friends and was surrounded by autograph hunters.

Argentine media, who gave the incident massive coverage, said Messi’s aggressor was a fan of Rosario Central, arch-rivals of Newell’s Old Boys where the 23-year-old spent his formative years before joining Barcelona some 10 years ago.

“We’re taking photos and we see the arm and he dodges it. (Messi) did not react badly, he left walking and got into the (car),” witness Carolina told the TV news channel C5N.

Messi will report to national team coach Sergio Batista on June 8 to begin training for next month’s Copa America hosted by Argentina.

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