Barcelona star Lionel Messi plays down assault by Rosario Central fan

Argentina star claims he was not touched during a scuffle outside a restaurant in his home city of Rosario, as he prepares for the Copa America next month
Barcelona star Lionel Messi received a scare in his home town of Rosario, when a fan of local giants Rosario Central tried to punch him, but has played down the incident.

The striker was back in Argentina ahead of training for next month's Copa America and was surrounded by fans and photographers after leaving a restaurant. A scuffle ensued before the Barca star got into a car and was diven away.

"I didn't feel a thing and I only found out after all the kerfuffle, it was nothing," Messi told sports daily Ole. "I wasn't even touched."

Reports in Argentina suggested it was a rivalry related attack on account of Messi having played during his formative years for Newell's Old Boys - big rivals of Rosario.

"We're taking photos and we see the arm and he dodges it. [Messi] did not react badly, he left walking and got into the [car]," a witness told TV news channel C5N.

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