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.
- Lionel Messi