A loyal fan of the 100-year-old posted a video he sent to Argentine football legend Lionel Messi, 34, last week, who is famous for his dedication to documenting all the player’s goals during his professional career.
Centenary fan and Messi
According to press reports, the centenary fan is called Grandfather “Hernan Mastrangelo”, nicknamed “Nello”, and for more than 10 years, he has been recording all the goals of Argentine striker Lionel Messi in a notebook and written in his handwriting.
100-year-old Don Hernan’s reaction to Messi’s emotional message:
“Thank you Messi, I’ll follow you to the end, you made us so happy”
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Grandfather’s grandson, “Hernan”, posted a video clip on social media, in which he presented his grandfather as the biggest fan of the player Lionel Messi.
The story of the centenary fan Hernan and documenting the goals of the star Messi
The video shows handwritten papers indicating Messi’s goals, along with the date of the match and the name of the opposing team, for more than 730 games in total – a record that Grandpa Hernan meticulously kept for a decade.
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Messi and a message of thanks
The Argentine player, Lionel Messi, learned of the story of Grandfather “Nello” after the efforts of his grandson Julian to deliver the video, where the flea “Messi” did not hesitate to send a message of thanks to the loyal fan.
Julian showed his grandfather the message of Lionel Messi, who was affected by the message of his beloved player to him, as at first he did not believe what he was seeing.
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Messi said in the video, saying: “Hello Hernan, I heard your story, and it seemed to me crazy that you were scoring goals in this way, even I did not keep my goals record like you did.”
And he added, “I wanted to send you a big hug and thank you for what you’re doing, see you later and bye.”
Don Hernan, he completed a century on this earth, a full 100 years, a third of which he spent with Messi.
He writes every goal Messi scored, in his diary, keeping those details, the way he scored, the opponent, and even today.
When Messi spoke to him and thanked him, he replied, “I have always followed you, and I will always follow you, wherever you go; you will find me behind you.” pic.twitter.com/Y0kISwfneO
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Centenary fan Nelo responded after watching the video, “Thank you for seeing me face to face, thank you Messi for what you’re doing.”
And the fan, Hernan, added, “I always followed you, and I will follow you to the end. It was a great joy and I don’t know how to express it.”
And the story of the centenary fan “Nello” began with scoring goals in 2010, when he read an issue in the famous “El Grafico” magazine, which had a picture of Argentine star Lionel Messi on its cover.
Messi’s 200 goals were highlighted at the time, when Messi was only 23 years old, when the fan-grandfather decided to score all of Messi’s subsequent goals during his professional career due to his great admiration and adoration for him.
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