Lionel Messi made a late signing in the transfer window - but not the one Barcelona fans might have been hoping for.
Upon arriving at a Montevideo hotel with the Argentina national football team, the attacker took time out to greet a young fan who was initially ushered away by security after breaking through a cordon.
The 30-year-old has yet to pen a contract extension with the Camp Nou side, despite his contract being up in 2018.
Para admirar el gesto de Lionel Messi con este nene uruguayo pic.twitter.com/D7Qxzhzen1— Atado A Tu Locura (@AtadoAtuLocura) August 30, 2017
Nevertheless, he took time out to make a boy's dream come true when he ordered his security to usher the kid, who had been carried away crying, back to him. He then spent several seconds chatting to the star-struck youngster before sending him on his way again.
It is the second time this week that a football superstar has been spotted making such a gesture, with Gareth Bale doing likewise with a Wales fan previously.
Messi is expected to lead Argentina in a vital World Cup qualifier against Uruguay later on Thursday.