Remember how soccer star Lionel Messi left several dozen fans high and dry -- not to mention $2,500 poorer -- on the Chicago stop of his disastrous "Messi and Friends" exhibition tour?
Well the Barcelona star and four-time FIFA world player of the year recently stepped forward and tried to make things right for at least one fan, sending 9-year-old Hudson Sherwood an autographed jersey like the one he was supposed to receive from Messi before the match at
Hudson is a huge Messi fan, one who has six replica jerseys from his favorite player. He's even made a trip to Spain to visit the stadium where Messi plays. So when Messi scheduled a stop in Chicago on his charity tour, it was a no-brainer for his dad to purchase a pricey VIP package that was to include a meet-and-greet with the player, along with an autographed ball and jersey, among other perks.
But Messi failed to show. And the swag, according to disappointed fans, turned out to be a cheap toy ball and a shirt with Messi's signature stamped on.
Tony Sherwood told a friend of Messi's about the conversation and the friend told the soccer superstar. So Wednesday the Sherwoods got a package from Spain. Inside was a jersey with the message "Para Hudson de tu amigo Leo." (For Hudson, from your friend Leo.)
While those who paid for the VIP tickets are demanding a refund,
The thousands of fans who purchased tickets to Messi's scheduled tour stop in Los Angeles were also snubbed when the July 3 game was canceled about 27 hours before kickoff. In response, the Galaxy offered discounts to its next two home games to fans who bought tickets to the Messi exhibition.