Buenos Aires, June 3: Barcelona star Lionel Messi had a punch thrown at him by a school-age assailant on Thursday as he was leaving a restaurant in his native city of Rosario, Argentina. He was not reported injured.
A witness told the TV channels America and Todo Noticias that the assailant was among a throng of people looking for autographs. It was not clear if the punch had landed, or the intention.
Messi was uninjured and went on signing autographs.
Messi arrived in Rosario, about 500 km north of Buenos Aires, this week and is taking a few days of vacation before practice starts next week for the Copa America -- the South American championship. AP