An 11-Year Old Lad From London Played Football With Lionel Messi On Holiday, His Life Is Complete

Josh Lawless

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An 11-year-old boy ended up playing football with Lionel Messi while on holiday in what could be the ultimate flex.

Mackenzie O'Neill, from London, was playing football on the beach by himself in the stunning Caribbean island Jumby Bay in Antigua.

He holidays at that very same beach every year but in this instance he had a unforgettable experience.

Messi, Barcelona and Argentina's record goalscorer, was staying with his friends and family to relax after the disappointing Copa America tournament.

Messi's father and agent, Jorge, spotted Mackenzie playing with a ball on the sand on his own and promptly invited him to join in with the footballing superstar and his eldest son Thiago.

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"Messi was with his family on the beach. I was on my own and began to kick my ball a few feet from where they were," Mackenzie told Argentine newspaper Ole.

"His dad Jorge threw a ball to me and asked if I wanted to play with them and then we played football with Thiago and Messi for 45 minutes.

"Thiago is a fantastic player for his age and wasn't shy about playing. Playing with Messi was incredible."


Mackenzie didn't get too have too much conversation with Messi because of the language barrier but he did get translation through his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and ended up spending a fair bit of time with the Messi clan.

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We've all made best friends on holiday - spending every minute with them before never hearing from them again even if you got their MSN or BBM pin.

Mackenzie happened to become mates with the son of the greatest ever player and ended up going swimming with his new crew.

"He lifted me up on his shoulders and Thiago followed me wherever I went. Playing with Leo in the water was great fun. He acted like a normal dad. I also realised that Messi really enjoyed seeing his son play with other children.

"The last night Messi and his family were here I was playing with Thiago and gave him my football to keep.

"But he ran after me along the beach and insisted I keep it. Afterwards Messi and his wife said goodbye to me with huge smiles. I am not going to forget them."

Just imagine being able to tell all your mates at school? And then of course it's definitely one for the grandkids later in life. An insane story.

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Topics: Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain

Josh Lawless

Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.
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