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President Obama Says His Daughters Wanted to Meet Lionel Messi in Argentina

US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during a state dinner with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the Kirchner Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2016. The United States and Argentina sealed a major trade deal on the eve -the first day of President Barack Obama's visit- bolstering the efforts of his counterpart to end a decade-and-a-half of international financial isolation.   AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Tom WebbUK Staff WriterMarch 24, 2016

You know you're a hard man to get hold of when even the president of the United States can't arrange a meeting.

President Barack Obama was in Argentina this week with his teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha. And while they were able to meet one famous individual, another eluded them.

"I also wanted to bring my daughters here so they could see the beauty and the vibrancy of [Buenos Aires]," Obama said, per Oliver Platt of"They've already met one famous [Argentinian]—His Holiness Pope Francis. Now they want to meet [Lionel] Messi, but I could not arrange that."

The Barcelona superstar is with the Argentina squad ahead of a World Cup qualifier in Chile on Thursday. The team then return home to host Bolivia on Tuesday.

If only the president could have made the trip a week later!

[h/t Goal]

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