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Liverpool standout Luis Diaz has revealed that encountering Argentina legend Lionel Messi left him feeling like he “almost died.”

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Expressing his admiration for Messi as the best footballer globally, Diaz shared his overwhelming experience meeting the former Barcelona icon during an interaction with Colombian magazine, SoHo.

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He elaborated, stating that the sheer excitement of meeting the 36-year-old nearly overwhelmed him.

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According to AlbicelesteTalk, Diaz remarked, “When I met Messi, I almost died. I was on the verge of telling him: ‘I love you and everything.’

“Leo has always been my role model. He is the best in the world. I adore him. I even have his jersey; I requested it through another player. He signed it for me and wrote: ‘With affection for Luis.'”

Diaz, enjoying a stellar season with Liverpool, has encountered Messi twice in his career thus far.

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