Toe Poke Daily: Kid has beach kickabout with Lionel Messi. Best. Vacation. Ever.
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Lionel Messi made every football-mad kid's dream come true for one 11-year-old when he joined him for a kickabout on the beach.
Mackenzie O'Neill, from London, was kicking his ball on the sand on a recent vacation in Antigua when he looked up and saw the five-time Ballon d'Or-winning Barcelona star with his family.
O'Neill, a budding goalkeeper as local club Faversham Strike Force, told Argentine newspaper Ole that he got to meet three generations of Messis.
"Messi was with his family on the beach," he said. "I was on my own and began to kick my ball a few feet from where they were.
"His dad Jorge threw a ball to me and asked if I wanted to play with them and then we played football with Thiago [Messi's 6-year-old son] and Messi for 45 minutes.
"Thiago is a fantastic player for his age and wasn't shy about playing. Playing with Messi was incredible.
"Messi's wife translated because she speaks English very well. Later on I ended up swimming with Messi and we went out on a little boat and spent a lot of time in the water."
O'Neill said the language barrier prevented him from getting any tips from Messi, but "seeing how skilful he was was enough advice for me."
He added: "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."
'He'll eat me alive!' Van Dijk, Klopp meet 7-foot-6 Celtics star Fall
European champions Liverpool have not had the best of times in their preseason tour of the U.S. thus far, losing 3-2 to Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium before also falling 2-1 to Sevilla at Fenway Park.
Footage posted by Liverpool shows their staff and players alike are visibly stunned as they are paid a visit by the pair, with Virgil van Dijk in particular left shaken, muttering in disbelief: "He'll eat me alive!"
The 6-foot-4 centre-back summoned the courage to stand in front of the Senegal-born center, thereby getting a taste of what it's like for the average Premier League attacker to go up against him in a match.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp took the encounter more in his stride, joking that Fall has the attributes he's looking for in a new striker. Given the way transfer fees are going, buying out the 23-year-old's contract to bring him to Anfield might just be a shrewd bit of transfer business.