During the highly-anticipated Australia v. Argentina friendly match in Beijing on Thursday, an enthusiastic Chinese fan stormed the field in an attempt to hug soccer legend Lionel Messi.
The young man rushed onto the field and hugged Messi, then shook hands with Argentina's goalkeeper Martinez before running across half the field. The young man was later escorted back to the stands.
In an interview with Messi's fan club, he apologized for his behavior.
On May 22, 2023, the Argentine Football Association officially announced that the Argentine national team will embark on an Asian tour in June, starting with a friendly match against the Australian team in Beijing on June 15, followed by another match against the Indonesian team in Jakarta on June 19.
Since winning the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, the Argentine team has become a focus of the world football. This international football tournament held at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing is the first overseas game for the Argentine team after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The news of "Messi is coming" has caused a sensation among Chinese football fans.