Found February 07, 2013 on Outside the Boxscore:
PLAYERS: Lionel Messi
Since Valentine's Day is about a week from today, we here at Outside the Boxscore figured that this clip of soccer star Lionel Messi getting a kiss will get you in the mood. In the final minute of the Argentina/Sweden friendly, a pitch invader found his way onto the field and decided to plant a small kiss on Messi's head once he found him: Kudos to Messi for taking the kiss in stride and being an overall nice dude considering the possibility that he could have received harm from the invader.

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