Fans Running on the Field to Touch, Hug, or Kiss Lionel Messi
There's no question Messi is the best footballer in the world, and perhaps the best footballer of all time, if he's able to win the World Cup for Argentina. But Messi's become much more than that for many football (soccer) fans. He's become someone who fans nearly bow down to. Yes, he's become God like. One might say Buddha like. Fans from all over the world simply adore Messi and are willing to get arrested just to touch him, hug him or kiss him.
Messi is unique though, not just in what he's able to do on the soccer field and how he dribbles the ball, but in the way he handles the fans who rush on the field. He doesn't run away or get scaried, at least outwardly, although maybe he should run away in some cases. Instead though, Messi just lets the fans say or do what they want to do and then let's security take over.
The number of fans who've rushed the field to get to Messi seems to keep rising. Every few months we see video of a fan in some part of the world, often a Barcelona fan, make that risky leap out of their seat, past the guards, and on to the field to touch their idol.
Fan #1: While playing for Argentina, against Sweden, fan runs on field to hug and kiss Messi:
Fan #2: When playing for Barcelona, fan rushes field to hug Messi.
Fan #3: While playing for Argentina, fan runs on the field to shake Messi's hand during a game versus Germany:
You don't see many fans running on to the field to touch Cristiano Ronaldo's hair gel during a Real Madrid game. Although I'm sure an army of teenage girls would happily run Ronaldo down if they got the chance.