Fan swims 1km to Messi’s private yacht, invited on board for a chat and drink

JAMES WAINDI

One determined football fan had the swim of his life after learning that Lionel Messi was a kilometre away relaxing on his yacht.

From the shore of Ibiza, Suli, an Atletico Madrid supporter, leaped into the ocean leaving his friend on the beach and battled through the waves with his phone in a plastic bag before reaching Yacht Seven C.

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Admiring his determination, Messi invited the 24-year-old on board where they had a chat and was even handed a glass of juice.

Unsurprisingly his mobile phone didn’t survive the swim but the five-time Ballon D’Or winner had one of his entourages take a picture of the duo together before sending it to starstruck Suli.

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