Barcelona's Leo Messi Gave His Own Boots to River Plate GK to Pass on to His Son

Joe GallagherFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 20: Marcelo Barovero of River Plate is embraced by Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the FIFA Club World Cup Final match between River Plate and Barcelona at the International Stadium Yokohama on December 20, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi just oozes class.

A new story involving the Barcelona forward from last year's FIFA Club World Cup has emerged in an interview with El Grafico by River Plate goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero (via Sport).

Luis Enrique's side won 3-0 in Yokohama, Japan, to lift their fifth trophy of the calendar year and for Barovero, it was impressive enough that he managed to even save a shot on goal by the Argentinian.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 20: Andres Iniesta of Barcelona lifts the trophy following the FIFA Club World Cup Final match between River Plate and Barcelona at the International Stadium Yokohama on December 20, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Chris Brun
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"He came close to me and helped me up and stroked my head," Barovero said, speaking about a save in the 12th minute. "And I told him I had just completed the dream of my son, to stop a shot from Messi."

Evidently it was a dream Messi was quite happy to help come true, and though he couldn't give the stopper his playing shirt after the match, he went the extra mile for his son, giving him a priceless piece of memorabilia.

"Messi left the dressing room with Bravo's shirt and his boots," he said. "And he told me, 'the boots are for your son'. I froze. It was a very big gesture."

(Sport)