Messi scores 4 times, but received mix reactions after leaving early in all-star game

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Sporting Alert Staff | SportingAlert.com
Published on July 6, 2013 10:13 p.m. CST . 1 comment

CHICAGOLionel Messi scored four times and led his team, Messi & Friends to a 9-6 victory over the Rest of the World in a charity exhibition game.

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However, when Messi, who played until the 69th minute left the game, when the score was at 7-6, he was greeted to a mixture of cheers and boos from the 25,000 supporters who gathered at Soldier Field to watch him play.

It is believed the World Player of the Year needed to report for his flight back to Spain.

Several of the fans were very disappointed that the Barcelona forward declined to play in Wednesday’s contest in Los Angeles, which forced the game to be cancelled, following reports that he and his representatives had a dispute with the event promoters.

Another of the superstars who were supposed to be at hand didn’t show up for Saturday’s game either, forcing the promoters to call on nine former Northwestern University players to assist with the making up the rosters.

The promoters had promised to feature up to 35 international stars, but several of the players failed to show.

The highlight of the contest came in the 20th minute, when forward Matt Eliason scored on an impressive overhead kick after cushioning down a pass from Thierry Henry on his chest inside the area.



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1 Comment

  1. Pablo Aimar says:

    "It is believed the World Player of the Year needed to report for his flight back to Spain."

    Not exactly true – 80 ticketholders who bought VIP tickets entitling them to a meet and greet with Messi and the other players following the game were given nothing at all! So the whole flight back home theory is dead in the water, and this event continues to turn out to look like a sham.

    I'm genuinely happy to have witnessed Matt Eliason shine though!

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