30 Jun '11, 3am

President Obama compares himself to Barca star Lionel Messi at White House award ceremony

President Obama compares himself to Barca star Lionel Messi at White House award ceremony

US President Barack Obama poses with a jersey given to him during an event honoring the 2010 WNBA champions, the Seattle Storm, in Washington June 29, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON - PRESIDENT Barack Obama has compared himself to Barcelona striker Lionel Messi at a White House awards ceremony. The Colorado Rapids, champions of US Major League Soccer, presented Mr Obama on Monday with a No. 10 jersey. 'That is me and Messi. We're right up there. Absolutely,' Mr Obama said to laughter. Mr Obama described himself to the Colorado players and officials as 'a soccer dad, myself. I have watched my share of games over the years'. His daughters, Malia and Sasha, play football. Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final last month, and he's in Argentina preparing for the Copa America. Barcelona will play United in a friendly in Was...

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