Lionel Messi Responds to Barack Obama, Would Love to Meet President and Family

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterMarch 26, 2016

Argentina's footballers Lionel Messi (L) and Sergio Aguero walk during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on March 25, 2016 ahead of their March 29 Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup South American qualifier football match against Bolivia.  AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICH        (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama was in Argentina this week, where he revealed his daughters, Malia and Sasha, were keen to meet football superstar Lionel Messi.

"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."

Messi was in action for the Argentina national team in a 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifier win away to Chile on Thursday, after which he gave his reaction to the president's comments to TyC Sports (via Sport):

Obviously, I was surprised that he said that, but on the contrary, for me it would be completely the opposite. For me it would be a source of great pride to be able to meet him and his daughters, but obviously I know it would be complicated. I don't know whether it is possible. Maybe he made the comment because he was in Argentina, but I can say I was as surprised as everyone else.

The Barcelona forward was then asked if he'd take international team-mate Sergio Aguero along with him to any potential meeting, to which he joked: "Of course, I'd take Kun everywhere!"

Argentina are back in action on Wednesday, when they host Bolivia in Cordoba. 

[h/t Sport]