November 10, 2017 19:12 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Lionel Messi apologises for mistaking player for fan

Lionel Messi apologises for mistaking player for fan

Lionel Messi has issued an apology for an embarrassing gaff which resulted in him confusing fellow Argentine footballer Sebastian Driussi for a supporter.

Lionel Messi has issued an apology for an embarrassing gaff which resulted in him confusing fellow Argentine footballer Sebastian Driussi for a supporter.

Messi is currently on international duty with the Albiceleste and was greeted at the team hotel in Moscow by Zenit St Petersburg striker Driussi.

The forward had arrived to catch up with some of the players while they were in Russia, and stopped to take some quick snaps for Instagram before heading on his way.

Lionel Messi has apologised to Sebastian Driussi for mistaking him for a supporter

Lionel Messi has apologised to Sebastian Driussi for mistaking him for a supporter

It was only later when Driussi uploaded the snap of himself and Messi to his profile that the Barcelona superstar realised he hadn't had his photo taken with a supporter, but instead a fellow player.

Feeling red-faced about his error, Messi quickly contacted Driussi to apologise and later admitted to Fox Sports Argentina that he does actually know the player.

'I felt bad for not having recognised him at the time because I do know him. I know who he is. When he asked me for the photograph I thought he was one of the guys that are always waiting for a photograph.

'When I saw the photograph on Instagram I apologised to him. We had exchanged messages in the past via someone else and we share the same tattoo artist,' he added.

Messi and Co have been training in the snow this week ahead of facing Russia

Messi and Co have been training in the snow this week ahead of facing Russia

The attacking maestro fired Argentina to the World Cup courtesy of a hat-trick vs Ecuador

The attacking maestro fired Argentina to the World Cup courtesy of a hat-trick vs Ecuador

Druissi, 21, had uploaded the picture of himself and Messi to Instagram along with the caption: 'Thanks for the photo IDOL Leo Messi.' 

Messi and Argentina are preparing to face 2018 World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly on Saturday.

The national side have become particularly reliant on Messi since his U-turn on retirement from international football, and needed his goals against Ecuador to ensure qualification for next year's tournament.

 

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