Serie A star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia shared an amazing experience he had with Lionel Messi during the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris held a few weeks ago.
Kvaratskhelia, who admires the Argentine striker, described the meeting as “madness”.
The young player expressed his admiration for Messi and highlighted a remarkable detail he experienced during the ceremony, as the world champion, despite his fame, stood up and went to greet Kvaratskhelia.
“Maybe you wouldn’t believe me if I told you the story. The perception of Messi as a person completely changed for me after what happened.”
“Of course I knew him as a player and it is very difficult to find a player like him in the entire history of football.”
“Well, we were sitting in the ceremony during one of the breaks in the ceremony. He was sitting on my right side. Leo suddenly stood up and I didn’t know why he did it or where he was going while we were there. We were warned to stay seated during the holidays. But he walked towards me.”
“I didn’t know what was happening and suddenly, he extended his hand for me to shake. I was so confused that I got up instantly and shook his hand. After that, he waved to me and returned to his place.”
“He gained my great respect after that. For a player like him to stand up to greet me… it was crazy. He is a wonderful person and I respect and appreciate him much more”, declared Kvaratskhelia.
These kinds of stories show not only the greatness of the players on the field but also their influence off the field inspiring like Messi did with Kvaratskhelia.