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Video: Leo Messi celebrates Copa America success with a 100-year-old viral TikTok superfan

Video: Leo Messi celebrates Copa America success with a 100-year-old viral TikTok superfan

Leo Messi celebrates Copa America success

Last weekend, Leo Messi finally won his first major international trophy of his remarkable career.

Argentina beat Brazil in the final of the Copa America. Angel di Maria scored the only goal in the final.

It was just the second time in Brazil’s history that the Selecao have lost a match at the Maracana.

Messi’s joy at winning the Copa America was clear to see last Saturday night, and the Argentine idol has since shared his success with a 100-year-old viral TikTok super fan.

 

Leo Messi’s 100-year-old viral TikTok super fan: Don Hernan

Don Hernan is a Spanish grandfather, who has gained notoriety on TikTok in recent weeks.

100-years-old, Don Hernan has followed Messi from the very beginning of his career, and he’s recorded, by hand, with a pencil and paper, every single goal Messi has scored for club and country.

Don Hernan has filled up 730 notebooks covering Messi’s goalscoring career.

 

Watch the video of Leo Messi celebrates his Copa America success with a 100-year-old Don Hernan

On Wednesday, video spread on social media showing how Leo Messi contacted 100-year-old Don Hernan after Argentina’s Copa America triumph.

On the video Messi said:

Hello Hernan. Your story reached me. It seems crazy to me that you have been recording my goals and in that way, and that is why I wanted to send you a big hug and thank you for what you do, for all your follow-up work.

After watching the video and welling up, Don Hernan said:

I always followed you and I will follow you. Until the end, I will walk behind you.

Watch two videos below.

The first is a video of Don Hernan, and his grandson, Julián Mastrángelo watching the Messi video. And the second, is a clearer video of Messi’s video message.

 

How 100-year-old Don Hernan became a viral Leo Messi TikTok super fan

Reportedly, Don Hernan doesn’t have a smartphone, and he has no idea how to use the internet.

So how did the 100-year-old become a viral Leo Messi TikTok super fan? That’s all down to his grandson, Julián.

In recent weeks, during the Copa America, Julián has been sharing videos of his grandad on the social network. Those videos have blown up.

See a sample of those videos below.

@julianmc98Me han dado un golpe en el corazón ♥️Felices 100 años 🎊 Gracias a todos 🙏🏻##fypシ ##100años ##cumpleaños♬ Beggin’ – Måneskin

@julianmc98Mi abuelo os manda un fuerte abrazo, y a Messi también 😅 ##fypシ ##Messi ##abuelo ##viral♬ sonido original – Julián Mastrángelo C

 

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This article was edited by Tom Canton.