Lionel Messi confused an Argentinian teammate for a fan and posed for a photo with him

Lionel MessiGetty ImagesLionel made an embarrassing Mess-take this week as he confused an Argentina player for a fan.
  • Lionel Messi confused an Argentina player for a football fan wanting a photograph.
  • Argentina under-20 player Sebasti├ín Driussi spotted the national captain while on international duty this week.
  • Driussi uploaded the photo to Instagram and Messi sent the player an apology when he realised his mistake.

Sebasti├ín Driussi could be forgiven if he was tempted this week to utter that immortal celebrity phrase: “Don’t you know who I am?”

Zenit St Petersburg forward Driussi, 21, spotted Lionel Messi in a hotel in Russia, where he is on international duty with Argentina, and requested a photograph with the FC Barcelona star.

Messi accepted and took the photo with Driussi as he thought the youth team player was a football fan. He later apologised to Driussi for not recognising him.

When Driussi uploaded his photograph to Instagram, Messi realised his mistake and, according to MARCA, sent a message to the player to apologise.

“I feel bad about it because I did not recognise him, even though I know him,” Messi said. “When he asked for a photo I thought it was one of the guys who are always waiting for a photo and I apologised after.”

“When I saw him in the lobby of the hotel I was thinking of something else and I did not realise.”

Messi recently dragged Argentina to the World Cup with a heroic hat-trick in October.

Argentina’s preparations for the tournament continue on Saturday when the team takes on World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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