Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/4/13
If anyone ever wondered who Lionel Messi‘s best-looking fan is, here’s your answer. Paraguayan Olympian javelin thrower and part-time model Leryn Franco tweeted a picture of a signed jersey she received from the world-famous Barcelona forward late last February. Accompanying the picture was a personal message (translated) from Franco thanking Messi for the gesture. “This is one of the nice things about the sport! Thanks GENIUS. Regards to the family!” Franco tweeted. Franco, 31, has turned heads in the last three Summer Olympics — but not for her athletic accomplishments.  In the 2004 Games, she placed 42nd out of 44 competitors in her event.  In 2008 she fell to 51st out of 52 other throwers.  In 2012, she managed 34th out of 38.  If only there were a medal awarded for persistence, or at least immense physical beauty, Franco would have more golds than Michael Phelps. There’s no indication whether Franco has ever met the Argentine Messi in person, but South America can’t really be that big, can it? Check out Franco’s picture of Messi’s thoughtful gift below. Click here for more photos of Leryn Franco>> Photo via Twitter/Leryn Franco Thumbnail Photo via Facebook/Leryn Franco
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