Messi holding the autographed jersey for Sasha Obama
Messi holding the autographed jersey for Malia Obama

Awwn! Messi is definitely in the good books of America’s first daughters. When U.S. President Barack Obama and his family travelled to Argentina recently for a diplomatic visit, his daughters Sasha and Malia wanted to meet Lionel Messi. The Barcelona talisman, who was in the country ahead of World Cup qualifiers for his national team, and POTUS’s daughters weren’t able to connect.

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While speaking at a town hall event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the visit, President Barack Obama said he couldn’t make his daughters’ request happen. “They’ve already met one famous [Argentinian] — His Holiness Pope Francis. Now they want to meet Messi, but I could not arrange that,” Obama said. “I also wanted to bring my daughters here so they could see the beauty and the vibrancy of [Buenos Aires].”

The first family during their visit to Argentina in March 2016
The first family during their visit to Argentina in March 2016

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Messi  subsequently revealed his surprise when asked for his views on Obama’s frustration and said he would be happily spend time with the president’s family.

“Obviously, I was surprised that he said that, but on the contrary, for me it would be completely the opposite,” Messiwas quoted to have said.

“For me it would be a source of great pride to be able to meet him and his daughters, but obviously I know it would be complicated.

 

Messi poses with autographed jersey for Malia Obama
Messi poses with autographed jersey for Malia Obama

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Messi,  however, made good on the missed opportunity on Friday. He signed a pair of his No. 10 national team jerseys for the two and sent them to the White House.

How nice of him!

 

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