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Lionel Messi trains against, meets and hugs players from the Houston Dynamo's academy.

By The SI Staff
September 04, 2015

As a byproduct of the Argentina men's national team playing Bolivia in a friendly at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium, the No. 1-ranked Albiceleste trained against the Houston Dynamo's academy as part of their preparation. 

That means Lionel Messi going up against the Dynamo's teenagers, and that means the Dynamo's teenagers fawning over one of the best to ever play the game.

Ahead of Argentina playing Bolivia Friday night, Messi & Co. gave the Dynamo's U-18s a memory for a lifetime, and as you might expect, the youngsters were a bit starstruck.

Watch their reaction to meeting Messi and training with Argentina below:

This comes after Messi and Houston Dash and U.S. women's national team star Carli Lloyd met during another training session, with Messi even signing a shirt for Lloyd. Both figure to meet again this winter at FIFA's Ballon d'Or Gala when the world player of the year awards are handed out. 

Messi and Argentina will conclude their USA trip Tuesday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, playing against Mexico in El Tri's final tune-up for the Confederations Cup playoff match against the USA at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 10.

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