Watch as the President of Israel Shimon Peres kicks a ball at Messi and hits the player in his midriff.
Barcelona have taking part in a two-day “peace tour” at the request of Peres.
The weekend’s events began on Saturday with a football clinic for local Palestinian children at Dura Stadium in the West Bank.
On Sunday evening, a similar session was held for Israeli children at Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa.
Later that night President Shimon Peres, who personally invited the Spanish club to Israel, took a ceremonial kick with star player Lionel Messi to begin a “peace match” between Barcelona and a team of children.
Messi, seemingly unprepared for much of an effort, was caught off-guard as the 90-year-old Polish-born statesman struck a powerful pass towards him.
Watch the full video as the President of Israel Shimon Peres kicks a ball at Messi below:
The video is wonderfully entitled:
Funny! Lionel Messi gets the ball in the tender area by president Peres
… with the description:
The Israeli president, Shimon Peres, kicked the opening ball straight to Messi’s Balls
We hope that it didn’t hurt so much for Messi…
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