Lionel Messi denies deliberately snubbing mascot

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Lionel Messi has denied deliberately 'snubbing' a mascot before Argentina's opening game against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Barcelona star appeared to leave the small child hanging as he stretched out his hand before both sides' World Cup opener, and Messi was asked about the incident at a press conference on Monday.

“How could it be that I did not want to greet the boy?" Messi said. "I just did not realise he was there. In fact, I spoke to two other children in the line.

“I would never do such a thing when I have a nephew and young son, I would never do such a thing with a boy.”

Here is Messi's 'snub'. Do we believe that he really didn't see the kid? Well, yes, of course we do.

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