Messi given standing ovation in Argentina theatre

The Argentinian five-time Ballon d’Or winner tried to quietly take in a play in his home country with family members, but was forced to go on stage and receive a standing ovation after one of the actors spotted him in the crowd.

Messi will be hoping to help his national side move into one of the four South American automatic qualification places for the 2018 World Cup when Argentina takes on Bolivia on Tuesday.   -  AP

Lionel Messi unsurprisingly is recognised no matter where he goes, so an attempt to make an incognito trip to the theatre on Saturday was always going to be in vain.

The Argentinian five-time Ballon d’Or winner tried to quietly take in a play in his home country with family members, but was forced to go on stage and receive a standing ovation after one of the actors spotted him in the crowd.

The 500 people in attendance shouted “Ole, ole, Leo, Leo”, while he was hugged by all the actors.

The 28-year-old will be hoping to help his national side move into one of the four South American automatic qualification places for the 2018 World Cup when Argentina take on Bolivia on Tuesday.

Support Sportstar


Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.

  Dugout videos