World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi turns photographer as fan wants a picture with Javier Mascherano

Barcelona star snubbed by fan who poses with midfield enforcer

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Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi might well carry the hopes of a nation at the World Cup, but he had to play the role of photographer for one fan.

The mystery fan was clearly not interested in a snap with the World's second best footballer, instead opting for a picture with his Barca team-mate Javier Mascherano.

Though Mascherano is a fine player in his own right, the picture quickly went viral, after the Twitter account '2014 World Cup' posted the image with the caption: "This guy must be a huge Javier Mascherano fan".

Alejandro Sabella's men touched down in Belo Horizonte on Monday night, ahead of their World Cup opener against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday.

There is much pressure on Messi to deliver at this tournament, despite his unrivalled club career, Messi has not performed on the international stage and can count his Olympic medal from Beijing as the only honour playing for La Albiceleste.

Messi has just one goal in eight appearances across two World Cups, though he did score 10 goals as Argentina finished top in the South American qualifying campaign.

It was also revealed that Messi would be sharing with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero at the tournament, while Mascherano will also be sharing with a City player, Pablo Zabaleta.