Lionel Messi has shown what a class act he is with an incredible gesture for the young son of an opposition player.
The Argentine superstar has always been a humble hero, but his reaction to meeting Real Betis midfielder Andres Guardado’s son is simply heartwarming.
The beautiful moment occurred in January after Messi’s Barcelona beat Guardado’s Betis 5-0, but the touching behind-the-scenes video was only published online on Monday.
Guardado’s wife took to Instagram to show how the Mexican player can be seen holding his son outside Barcelona’s away dressing room shortly after the match.
When Messi leaves the dressing room, having scored a brace in the thrashing, the child screams “Messi” and the Barcelona forward quickly sees he has a young supporter at the door.
Rather than just a quick hello, Messi gives the youngster a high-five before taking him off Guardado’s hands, holding him and having a chat with the child.
Messi is happy to pose for a couple of photos, with Guardado snapping away, before handing a delighted child back to his Father, giving the Real Betis man a hug and making his way out of the tunnel.
— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) July 29, 2018
The camera pans back to the youngster’s face and he is clearly delighted to have met his hero – and despite the full Real Betis kit, it’s clear where his loyalties lie.
Guardado’s actions also show his classy side – not too proud to allow his son to idolise his fierce rival.
Trust me…this smile on the child's face meant more to him than the 3pts that evening.
— FCBarcelolistic (@loloadhe) July 29, 2018
They say meeting your heroes will end in disappointment.
Well, those people never met Messi.
As Andres Guardado's son found out.
— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) July 30, 2018
People keep praising Messi for taking a pic with Guardado’s son, but Guardado deserves praise for having such little ego about a club and international rival…
— Bryan Pász Wäshkewícz (@BryanRMW) July 30, 2018
messi meeting guardado’s son is the cutest thing ever 😭❤️
— just liceet.🇲🇽 (@liceetaylin) July 30, 2018
The winger once said about Messi: “He is a benchmark in world football, for me he is the best in history and it will be a pride to tell my grandchildren that I lived in the time of Leo Messi.”
“One of the best things football has given me, how could it be that I have 20 photos with Messi and I do not have the ball in any of them.”