Argentina superstar Lionel Messi (C) is escorted by security personnel after his arrival in Riyadh on Monday. Argentina will play an international friendly against Saudi Arabia today.Photo: Reuters
As a new father and someone who very much enjoys life, Lionel Messi probably didn't appreciate the part of his arrival at a Saudi airport on Monday that involved gun barrels in his face.
Argentina travelled to Saudi Arabia for Wednesday's friendly and the team's televised reception at the airport at first appeared to be a rather typical welcoming of a team that includes Leo Messi.
But while his teammates made their way through the crowded terminal with relatively little trouble, Messi himself instantly had an armed entourage.
Messi's armed guards came up against a crush of people trying to get near him, which pushed one guard's assault rifle right up against Messi's shoulder.