A number of Argentina players decided to give teammate Lionel Messi a wholesome surprise on his 34th birthday.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is currently representing his national side at the Copa America, was handed a birthday cake and several gifts on Thursday morning as the likes of Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi watched on.
Messi’s Argentina teammates woke him up to sing Happy Birthday and give him presents 🎁
Family 💙 pic.twitter.com/BQtCxjY3Ff
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 24, 2021
As you can see in the footage above, Messi and his roommate Sergio Aguero are woken up by players and backroom staff before being handed a number of gifts, including a cap and what appears to be wine.
The Barcelona forward posted the footage on hisofficial Instagramearlier with the caption: “Thank you very much for a special day, even though I am not with the family who I miss a lot at the moment.”
Throughout the day, many accounts on social media have extended their birthday wishes to one of the all-time greats.
Happy birthday to one of the greatest players to EVER play the game! 🐐
Lionel Messi makes it look more beautiful than anyone 😍🤩
Here are his top 🔟 Champions League goals…pic.twitter.com/vfn5TPZqe6
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 24, 2021
Happy birthday to Lionel Messi who today turns 34 years old. There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said about the great man. We should all enjoy him while we still can because chances are, we won’t see another player like him in our lifetime. pic.twitter.com/rUBcXP9OxS
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) June 24, 2021
Happy Birthday Messi, my Idol, my inspiration. The Greatest Ever.
THIRTY FOUR YEARS OF GREATNESS 🐐 pic.twitter.com/cy5l2FUGnT
— Ankur (@AnkurMessi_) June 23, 2021
Happy birthday to the all-time top-scorer for Barcelona & Argentina
Happy birthday to the world-record holder for most goals in a year
Happy birthday to the only six-time Ballon d’Or winner
Happy birthday to the only six-time Golden Shoe winner
Happy birthday, Lionel Messi. pic.twitter.com/UEVKKhtLHv
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 24, 2021
Happy Birthday to Lionel Messi who is now 34. Enjoy him while he’s still around
— WyngBack Football ⚽️ (@wyngback) June 24, 2021
Messi will no doubt feature for Argentina in their upcoming Copa America clash against Bolivia on June 29.
Lionel Scaloni’s side, who currently sit top of Group A with seven points, have already secured a place in the quarter-final stage of the competition after wins against Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.
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Featured Image Credit: Lionel Messi/Instagram