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  • Shamser Khalid

Lionel Messi Serenaded By His Hometown

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Football fans in Rosario, Argentina, were treated to an extraordinary homecoming celebration for their beloved football legend, Lionel Messi, as he made his return to his first club, Newell's Old Boys, on Saturday night. The atmosphere was electric as Messi graced the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa for the farewell party of his close friend, Maxi Rodriguez. The event was nothing short of spectacular, with Messi leaving an indelible mark on the evening by scoring a sensational free kick in a testimonial match.

The anticipation in the stadium was palpable as fans eagerly awaited Messi's arrival. In a heartwarming display of support, the attendees illuminated the darkened stadium with the lights from their cell phones. The master of ceremonies introduced Messi with great enthusiasm, emphasizing the significance of the occasion as he celebrated his birthday. The mention of the guest's presence on his special day left no doubt in the minds of the spectators that Lionel Messi was about to make an appearance.

As the announcement echoed through the stadium, the excitement reached a crescendo. The atmosphere became electric, and the crowd erupted into cheers and applause. Messi, known affectionately as "La Pulga" ("The Flea"), emerged from the locker room, descending a flight of stairs while fireworks lit up the night sky. The sight of the prodigal son returning to his roots brought tears of joy to the eyes of many loyal fans.

As he stepped onto the pitch, the crowd erupted into a sea of red flares and pyrotechnics, creating a visually stunning display of support and adulation. Messi reciprocated the fans' love by waving to them, acknowledging their unwavering loyalty. The stadium resounded with the collective voice of thousands of fans singing in unison, welcoming back their hero, the "Prodigal Son," who had left their club as a shy 13-year-old to pursue his dreams at FC Barcelona, ultimately becoming a seven-time Ballon d'Or winner and rewriting the history of European football.

In a heartwarming gesture, the stadium united in singing "Happy Birthday" to Messi, who celebrated his first birthday as a world champion. Reflecting on his journey, Messi expressed his gratitude for being back in Rosario, a place that had always showered him with affection. He emphasized the beauty of returning to his hometown and the warmth of the people who had supported him throughout his career.

Eager to make his mark on the pitch, Messi donned his Argentina kit for Maxi Rodriguez's tribute match. In a display of his exceptional skills, Messi swiftly scored a breathtaking free kick within minutes of the game starting. While it may not have been as swift as his fastest career goal against Australia earlier in the month, finding the back of the net within three minutes and 40 seconds was an impressive feat, leaving fans in awe of his talent.

With only six days remaining on his Paris Saint-Germain contract, Lionel Messi eagerly awaits his official move to Inter Miami on July 1. As he embarks on his North American adventure, fans around the world are eagerly anticipating his debut in the MLS. The prospect of witnessing Messi's extraordinary abilities on a new continent has sparked immense excitement, setting the stage for yet another chapter in the remarkable career of one of football's greatest legends.


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