Australia midfielder Cameron Devlin didn’t play a minute of the FIFA World Cup 2022 however left Qatar with one among its greatest prizes after exchanging jerseys with Argentina’s Lionel Messi after their spherical of 16 match.
Devlin, who performs for Coronary heart of Midlothian within the Scottish high flight, swooped after the Socceroos have been knocked out 2-1, with Argentine talisman Messi scoring a aim in his 1,000th match.
“I went on (to the pitch) and consoled all of the boys first after which shook Messi’s hand,” Devlin advised reporters at Sydney airport after arriving again from Qatar.
“Nobody had stated something so I simply tried my luck and he stated, ‘I’ll see you inside,’ and that’s what occurred.”
Video shared on-line reveals a shirtless Messi handing his jersey to Devlin and embracing the perimeter Socceroo.
“(I wished) one of many different boys to have the chance first, however nobody took it, so I believed why not?” stated the 24-year-old Devlin.
“I don’t know if (mine) can be on his wall at dwelling or possibly nonetheless on the bottom in that altering room however I’m not fussed — it’s extra that I acquired his … I used to be stunned he even took mine.
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“He positively wouldn’t know who I’m, however he’s a pleasant sufficient bloke and a humble sufficient bloke to nonetheless present that respect.”
Devlin stated he would maintain Messi’s jersey at dwelling and his father was taking care of it for him.
“I don’t suppose he’ll let me contact it anymore,” he added.