Lionel Messi put on a charity event in Chicago that was called “Messi and Friends.” The game was supposed to feature players from the best teams all over the world competing in a fun game. Some of those players backed out at the last minute and the organizers were left to fill the roster with former Northwestern players.
Lionel Messi said in a statement, “I am happy that this upcoming event is coming together, and am glad I can be a part of it.”
One of the former Northwestern players stole the show though.
Matt Eliason is currently a financial analyst in Chicago. He got a beautiful in ball from Thierry Henry, chested it and bicycle kicked it right into the back of the net.
My high school classmate, Brad Napper, was a late addition to the game as well. He wasn’t on Eliason’s team though, he was on Messi’s.
Notable players who cancelled:
David Luiz, Cesc Fabregas, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sergio Aguero, Giovani dos Santos, Robert Lewandowski, Jordi Alba, and Edinson Cavani.
Needless to say by canceling they gave a handful of people memorable experiences that they’ll cherish. And that is great.