Lionel Messi produced yet another masterclass performance on Friday night as Paris Saint-Germain beat Ajaccio 3-0.
The Argentine registered two assists and grabbed a goal of his own during a brilliant individual display.
It means he’s now scored six goals and has nine assists in 11 Ligue 1 appearances so far this season.
It may not be the form of his life but he’s been absolutely sensational so far this campaign.
Football fans acknowledge that we’re witnessing the final few years of Messi’s career at the highest level of the sport.
It’s perhaps why there is such a furore surrounding the icon every time he plays.
That certainly could be seen in Ajaccio on Friday.
During the match, as many as THREE pitch invaders ran up to Messi to take a selfie. Risking a ban for life for just one photo with Messi? That’s how much he’s loved by football fans.
A video of the three pitch invaders is currently going viral.
VIDEO: Three pitch invaders run up to Lionel Messi during match
3 pitch invaders in a single match! Leo Messi experienced this before though 😮💨https://t.co/Ys90jXnRVM
— BD Albiceleste 🇧🇩💙🇦🇷 (@bd_albiceleste) October 22, 2022
It’s been quite a few days for Messi.
Earlier this week, a video was doing the rounds of a journalist breaking down in tears in Messi’s company.
In a touching moment that has gone viral on Twitter, Argentine journalist Pablo Giralt says to Messi: “I’ve dreamed of doing this all my life, but I never thought I would be lucky enough to be able to accompany you with my story, with my love. I thank you with all my heart.”
Per @AlbicelesteTalk, Messi said: “Thank you very much. I am excited to be able to reach people like this. There are many people in Argentina or in the world in general who always support me, admire me, from football and from what I am as a person… I am grateful for the affection I’m receiving.”
.@giraltpablo got emotional interviewing Messi ❤️
— All About Argentina 🛎🇦🇷 (@AlbicelesteTalk) October 21, 2022
Giralt himself also tweeted the video, adding: “Grateful with life to have fulfilled one of my greatest dreams. Thank you, Leo, for your warmth and simplicity. You are very big. And thanks to everyone who was moved just like me and accompanied me on this wonderful journey. I love you, Leo!”
At the age of 35 with seven Ballons d’Or to his name, Messi’s reputation has never been higher. He’s still one of the greatest players in world football and its clear football fans still absolutely love him.