Pitch invaders aren’t particularly rare these days.
Seemingly every other week, someone manages to escape the attention of security and leg it onto the pitch, before grabbing a selfie with their chosen player (which seems to be the flavour of the month right now).
But one thing that the pitch invader did at last night’s Copa America clash between USA and Argentina made him different – he live tweeted his plans, before capturing the footage via Periscope.
Michael Soto, the man who decided he was going to try and get to Lionel Messi, posted a series of tweets to his Twitter account, before having a friend film the entire thing to prove it happened.
It's going to be second half. That's where it's all going to go down! #argvsusa
— Mîčhæł (@sotom096) June 21, 2016
Some of Michael’s followers started to call him out:
But this was a man on a mission:
don't back out now pussy !!!!
— johnny verde (@JohnnyVerde) June 22, 2016
Weirdly enough, it wasn’t as easy as expected:
It's a lot harder than I expected
— Mîčhæł (@sotom096) June 22, 2016
But he finally broke through security, and got to his idol on the far side of the pitch:
To be honest, it’s hard to see why he was worried about security, given it took them an age to get to him after he’d approached Messi – who was all too happy to see yet another pitch invader approach him.
Soto had all the time in the world to saunter around the pitch, just like Messi did as he inspired his team to a 4-0 win over the host nation, and book a place in the Copa final.
People invading the pitch to try and get selfies or signed shirts is becoming one of the most annoying things in modern football. I’m just waiting for the day someone approaches Marouane Fellaini and gets elbowed between the eyes.
That should stop it.