It makes him greater — UFC champions narrates surprising encounter with Lionel Messi

Inter Miami CF forward Lionel Messi (10) on the field during the second half against the Colorado Rapids at Chase Stadium || Image credit: Imago

It makes him greater — UFC champions narrates surprising encounter with Lionel Messi

Faruq Ibrahim 17:24 - 16.04.2024

UFC Champion Ilia Topuria was pleasantly surprised by Lionel Messi's personality during their meeting at an Inter Miami MLS game.

UFC title holder Ilia Topuria was left pleasantly 'surprised' by Lionel Messi's personality during a recent meeting with the Inter Miami icon. Topuria, the Featherweight champion, shared his admiration for Messi, highlighting the Argentine legend's humility and legendary status that inspired him throughout his life.

Topuria's Encounter with Messi

During a visit to Florida, Topuria attended a MLS clash between Inter Miami and the Colorado Rapids at Chase Stadium. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Messi, Topuria received a No.10 shirt as a token of their meeting.

This encounter added to Topuria's list of interactions with football stars this season, including Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham and David Alaba, as he gears up for a significant fight at Santiago Bernabeu. Topuria expressed his honour at spending time with Messi and noted that the meeting exceeded his expectations.

“I have always admired him since I was young. Messi has been one of the people who have inspired me a lot. The humility he transmits and how legendary he is, it makes him even greater. His personality has surprised me even more in person. It was a source of pride for me.”

Messi's Impact in MLS

Messi, the eight-time Ballon d'Or winner, continues to shine in MLS despite recent injury setbacks, scoring five goals in the 2024 campaign.

His star power attracts A-list guests to his matches in the United States, where he aims to further expand his trophy collection while playing for Inter Miami.

The presence of Messi in the MLS has elevated the league's profile and drawn attention from fans and athletes across various sports.

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