Pitch invader bows down, hugs Messi in Copa America semifinal

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USA blanked by Messi, Argentina in Copa America semifinals
Wednesday June 22nd, 2016

One very passionate Lionel Messi fan got a few precious seconds with his apparent idol on Tuesday night at Copa America.

A pitch invader managed to hug Messi and bow down to him just as the second half of Argentina's 4-0 thrashing of the United States was set to begin. The non-violent man donning an Argentina shirt ran up with a pen in hand, hoping to secure an autograph, and a patient Messi stood in there and took the adulation before security chased the fan away and eventually escorted him off the field.

Messi's play Tuesday was certainly worship-worthy, as he assisted on two goals and scored on a wondrous free kick, which set Argentina's all-time scoring record at 55 goals.

As it turns out this was a very premeditated plan. The pitch invader posted a few suggestive tweets that he was going to make is run and then had someone Periscope the episode on his Twitter account. 

It comes just days after a pitch invader ran onto the field after Portugal's Euro 2016 draw vs. Austria and managed to grab a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo, who shooed off security and allowed it to happen.

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