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Lionel Messi Speaks Chinese in Funny Video From Argentina's Asian Tour
- Lionel Messi speaks Chinese during tour with Argentina
- The ex-PSG forward is currently in China with Argentina for a friendly tie against Australia
- Messi is a top contender for the 2023 Ballon d’Or after leading Argentina to the World Cup title
A video of Lionel Messi trying to speak Chinese is going viral – and it's incredible viewing from start to finish.
The 35-year-old announced his decision to join Inter Miami on a free transfer following his Paris Saint-Germain exit, opting for a new challenge instead of re-joining former club Barcelona.
The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner is currently on international duty with Argentina in China, where the Albiceleste locked horns against Australia in a friendly on Thursday.
As reported by Sportskeeda, Messi took time off his busy schedule in Beijing to grant a sit-down interview with Titan Sports in Beijing.
During the interview, the TV presenter tried to teach the Argentine phenom to speak the language spoken by over 730 million Chinese people.
A video of the interview has emerged, and it's a great watch.
Video of Messi speaking Chinese
According to Marca, Messi was dared to speak in Chinese with some phrases like "Duan Wu An Kang", which means "happy dragon boat festival."
The Barcelona legend added: "Whenever we come to China the people have always treated us very well. These days that we were here with the national team, there are people waiting for us when we leave for training, at the stadium. It's impressive how they follow us, so I'm very grateful."
'Messimania' in China
World champions Argentina unleashed "Messimania" in China during their tour to the Asian country, and it resulted in their triumph over Australia in a friendly game.
As reported by GOAL, Lionel Messi notched the fastest goal of his career, opening the scoring after 79 seconds, while Germán Pezzella netted the second to secure a 2-0 win over the Socceroos on Thursday.
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Messi's four days in China so far have been crazy, starting with his immigration incident, to blockades in the streets, cancellation of events and even complaints of scams
Messi destroys Australia
Earlier, Sports Biref reported that Lionel Messi rolled back the hands of time to produce a ridiculous dribble, wriggling his way around Australian defenders during an international friendly.
Messi, showcasing his continued brilliance, scored as reigning world champions, Argentina triumphed 2-0 over the gallant Socceroos in Beijing, China.
With Argentina firmly in control, Messi mesmerised the crowd at the Workers Stadium with his trademark dribbling, effortlessly evading Australian defenders with his exquisite touches and agile changes of direction.