Lionel Messi - yes, the real Lionel Messi - to make a surprise appearance in east London

BARCELONA super-star Lionel Messi has reportedly touched down in east London ahead of a whistle-stop tour.

BARCELONA super-star Lionel Messi has reportedly touched down in east London ahead of a whistle-stop tour.

The footballing genius flew into London City Airport this afternoon before heading to Hackney Marshes in a helicopter.

Messi, fresh from playing and scoring in the Champions League last night, is reportedly then off to the Power League pitches near Liverpool Street and then a kick-around with local schoolchildren in Stepney.

The visit is part of a publicity event organised by his sponsors Adidas - and the FIFA World Footballer of the Year will be giving away free pairs of boots as part of the stunt.


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