Lionel Messi causes a stir and gets recognised wherever he goes, which makes the situation he found himself in after Argentina’s victory over Bolivia all the more curious. Not only did the five-time Ballon d’Or winner end up heading to the dressing room virtually in the nude after being drug-tested following the game, but before he was allowed to undergo the tests, he was asked to prove it was really him.
The ‘Albiceleste’ officials who accompanied Messi to the drug-testing area could not believe their ears when the doctor there refused to proceed until some paperwork had been shown. However, when they realised that he wasn’t going to budge, they scurried off to the dressing rooms to fetch the world-famous star’s ID.
After being tested, Messi set off towards the dressing room, but on his way he was stopped by fans who asked him to give them bits of his kit as a memento, to the extent that he was only wearing his underpants by the time he got where he was going.