VIDEO: Angry Fan Smashes Lionel Messi’s Head From Mannequin After Inter Miami vs Hong Kong Friendly

Published 02/04/2024, 7:39 AM EST

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Tens of thousands of soccer enthusiasts flooded the streets of Hong Kong as they eagerly awaited the arrival of the legendary Lionel Messi. “Messi mania” had reached a fever pitch as fans geared up to witness their star in action with his Inter Miami teammates against Hong Kong. However, what unfolded after the Inter Miami vs Hong Kong XI friendly left the city in shock, with one disgruntled fan taking his frustration to an extreme level.

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Despite thousands of fans coughing up big bucks, their dreams were shattered when they saw Messi remaining sidelined due to injury. Due to the Argentine’s absence on the pitch, a chorus of boos and chants demanding a refund reverberated across the stadium. Post-match, as emotions ran high, an angry fan channeled his frustration in a startling act. The unsuspecting victim? A life-sized advertising mannequin, featuring the likeness of Lionel Messi, stationed just outside the stadium.

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Unable to contain his disappointment, the enraged fan unleashed a kick, shattering Messi’s mannequin head. This act, however condemnable, showcases the simmering discontent that erupted after fans were denied a glimpse of their idol. This incident of fury became a symbol of collective anger felt by the fans, who were left with a bitter taste of unfulfilled expectations.

From Lionel Messi mania to chaos: Drawing parallels with Ronaldo’s recent China visit

Lionel Messi drew crowds of unprecedented numbers to his Inter Miami’s open training session. However, the 36-year-old’s decision to rest on match day left fans feeling robbed of the experience for which they had paid handsomely. Although the incident varies in details, it can be compared with Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent visit to China with Al-Nassr. Due to Ronaldo suffering a calf injury, organizers had to postpone the two-match tour, leading to CR7 issuing an heartfelt apology to fans.

Fans were seemingly disgruntled after hearing the news of Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury, and expressed their disappointment with the arrangements later. In the aftermath of these unusual incidents, questions loom over the extent of devotion in soccer.

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While the talent of superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is undeniable, it’s crucial to remember they are human beings susceptible to injuries & setbacks. The incident in Hong Kong serves as a stark reminder of how thin the line between fandom and unhealthy obsession can be.

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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Rohan Karnad

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