Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been pictured signing a fan’s tattoo. Supporter has had the signature inked to complete artwork on his back. The Messi tattoo specifically marks Copa del Rey wins in 2012 and 2015
Lionel Messi has provided the finishing touch to a fairly unique tribute to his talents, offering his signature to be permanently added to a back tattoo of his image.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was happy to oblige, signing the supporter’s back with a marker for him to later have made permanent at a tattoo parlour.
Lionel Messi signed a fan’s back tattoo of his image to form the final part of a unique piece of memorabilia
The fan then had Messi’s signature permanently added to his back, accompanying his other artwork
Messi celebrates scoring against Malaga on Saturday to put Barcelona top of La Liga after 20 games
The meeting between Messi and one of his biggest fans came about in a hotel reception where the signings for Icons’ Official Signed Messi Merchandise range was taking place.
Icons offer a more painless option for fans wishing to get their hands on a signed memory from the world’s best player.
The image chosen for the fan’s tattoo depicts Messi celebrating a goal in the 2012-13 season.
Strangely, the Barcelona supporter’s back specifically celebrates two of the raft of trophies Messi has won throughout his career: The Copa del Rey triumphs of 2012 and 2015.
Messi also helped Barca to the Spanish Cup in 2009, a trio of wins that sit alongside seven La Liga victories and four Champions League medals on his impressive honours list.
Barcelona lead La Liga with a game in hand over closest rivals Atletico Madrid and look on track for even more silverware this season.
Messi celebrates a goal while wearing the Barcelona shirt depicted in the supporter’s tribute tattoo
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner raises the trophy marking the 2015 edition after winning it earlier this month
They can reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals if they see off Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night and comfortably reached the knock-out rounds of the Champions League.
But the next month’s hectic schedule could prove testing, with 8 games in 32 days to come – a run that manager Luis Enrique has labelled ‘atrocious’.
Messi joined an almost-full squad for training ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg, with only Sergio Busquets and Arda Turan missing after suffering from a fever.