- Lionel Messi has become an idol to both adults and youngsters alike
- A video of the 33-year-old meeting son of Real Betis's star Andres Guardado surfaces online again
- The Argentine will run out of contract with Barcelona this summer
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Lionel Messi is unarguably one of the greatest football stars in history owing to his achievements on the pitch.
This has led the Barcelona legend to win both collective and individual silverware that sets him above his peers.
Much more than the awards are the impressions he has created in the minds of the olds as well as the youngsters.
In February, Eibar's goalkeeper Edgar Badia was astonished when the Argentine asked for his jersey - this is to show how much of an icon he has become in Spain's top flight.
This however is not compared with the special moment that emerged after Barcelona's 5-0 win at Real Betis in 2018.
A short video clip showed when Betis midfielder Andres Guardado brought his son, Maximo to Messi and the kid recognised his idol right there and then.
And according to Give Me Sport, it was a stunning moment for the young Maximo who probably will not forget in a long time.
The clip is making rounds on Twitter once again this week because it is beautiful content to behold by all and sundry. According to Marca, Guardado later explained:
"Maximo adores football, one day he is wearing a Betis jersey, another Madrid, Barcelona, Mexico, it doesn't matter.
Messi recently broke Xavi Hernandes' most appearances for Barcelona.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi has broken several La Liga records since he made his Spanish League debut for Barcelona senior team in 2005.
The 36-year-old currently holds the record for the most goals in the league as well as the most assists created in the topflight.
He has equally recorded the most wins and also remains the player with the most goals scored against other teams.
Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Legit.ng. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.