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Footage of Champions League mascots heartwarming reaction to Lionel Messi goes viral

Heartwarming footage has shown how Lionel was bombarded by Champions League mascots ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday evening.

The young children – aged between seven and nine – were visibly starstruck when they spotted Messi ahead of ’s 3-1 win over Maccabi Haifa at the Sammy Ofer Stadium.

The kids couldn’t help but control their excitement and instantly flocked towards the Argentine International. Messi was as humble as ever and gave each child a hug before taking his place in the line-up.

The adorable incident involving Messi and the pre-match mascots took place ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League game against Maccabi Haifa.

Messi and his team-mates were filmed walking out onto the pitch at the Sammy Ofer Stadium as the official anthem of the Champions League played in the background.

The children – who accompanied the players out on the pitch – looked visibly starstruck when they saw Messi make his way out onto the pitch.

The kids gradually broke their formation one by one to approach Messi for a hug. The Argentine international had about five children hanging off him at one point.

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