BUENOS AIRES, July 21 (Reuters) – Hernán Mastrángelo, a 100-year-old grandfather in Argentina, has gone viral after it emerged that for years he had been taking handwritten notes of just about each purpose scored by native hero and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Mastrángelo, a chocolate maker by career, made it his passion to maintain observe of every of Messi’s objectives, an achievement his grandson Julián has introduced on social media, catching individuals’s creativeness together with the striker himself.
Messi, who lately celebrated profitable the Copa America with Argentina, recorded and despatched a video message of thanks.
“I needed to have scored all of the objectives that Messi did,” Mastrángelo informed Reuters. “I adopted him and at all times stored following him. I at all times adopted the video games and if I did not have time to look at them, my grandson would inform me about them.”
The centenarian, who would not like to make use of cell telephones or computer systems, wrote down on sheets of paper the identify of the rival crew, the date and the variety of objectives, recording greater than 700 scored by Messi over time.
He likes to go over it with the assistance of a magnifying glass.
When the story reached Messi in the midst of the Copa América, Mastrángelo’s grandson acquired a name from a relative of the star to thank him and ship the video.
“Good day Hernán, clearly your story got here to me. It appears loopy to me, not even I’ve the objectives saved in that means. I needed to ship you a giant hug and thanks for what you’re doing,” Messi mentioned within the recording.
In his home in Carapachay on the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Mastrángelo was shock and emotional when he acquired the message.
“I do not assume there might be many individuals to whom he (Messi) has mentioned one thing like that,” he mentioned.
Reporting by Miguel Lo Bianco; Modifying by Adam Jourdan and Giles Elgood
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