After the full-time whistle blew to mark Barcelona’s 3-0 win against Elche this evening, a beautiful moment ensued between legend Lionel Messi and opposing goalkeeper Edgar Badia.
Messi showed his class in fulfilling the stopper’s request, but then left Badia shocked when he also wished to take him the Elche man’s shirt in a straight swap.
The pair laughed and embraced as they completed the exchange, Badia was of course surprised as a player of Messi’s calibre is usually the one inundated with shirt requests, whilst the other party may not always feel like the all-time great wants their shirt in return.
Edgar Badía (Elche player) asked Messi for his shirt after tonight’s game…
Messi asked him for his shirt in return. Badía was surprised, and in response said “You want my shirt?!” ?
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 24, 2021
Elche goalkeeper Badia was surprised Messi wanted him shirt to ? pic.twitter.com/CLJ8VnHcTB
— Lionel (@Lionel_1899fcb) February 24, 2021
Finaliza el partido y atención al detalle de #Messi. El argentino convierte dos goles a #Badia, arquero del Elche y al finalizar intercambian camisetas pero Messi le pide a Badia su camiseta!!@10delBarca #fcblive pic.twitter.com/4bJLzQgFhJ
— Tomas Topelberg (@tomastopelberg) February 24, 2021
Pictures from Movistar and Voetbal.
This was a lovely show of respect from Messi, the all-time great appears to treat all opponents the same regardless of the relative stature of their clubs and careers.