Christian Pulisic Reveals Asking Lionel Messi for a Selfie at Copa America Centenario

By Amreen
Pulisic recalled the time he asked Messi for a selfie
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Christian Pulisic has recalled the time he asked Lionel Messi for a selfie at the Copa America Centenario, five years ago, and admitted he found himself too nervous to actually speak to the Argentine.

The USMNT striker came up against Messi when La Albiceleste beat the Stars and Stripes in the semi-final en route to a silver-medal finish against Chile. And now, the Chelsea attacker has revealed how he managed to get a picture with the Paris Saint-Germain star.

"I played against Argentina and we suffered that day," Pulisic told The Athletic. "We were 2-0 down at half-time and Lionel Messi was incredible. I came on at half-time thinking, 'Oh no, this will be fun.'

"We lost 4-0. Messi and I were chosen for random doping tests after, so I was sat there next to him trying to be cool, aged 17. I told our doctor to get my phone. I had to get my phone to have a picture taken with him.

"We couldn’t really communicate and I was too nervous to try and speak to him, but I had to ask him for a photo by gesticulating. He was really nice about the whole thing. He probably gets it a lot, just maybe not in those circumstances."

Pulisic also revealed the story behind his first international goal and said: "The night before [a pre-Copa friendly with Bolivia], I actually attended my high school prom. It was crazy. I had training with the national team and said to (then-USMNT head coach) Jurgen Klinsmann, 'Can I ask you a crazy question?' I told him that I’d missed out on so much and that all my friends wanted me to go.

"I knew it was in another city. Jurgen spoke with his wife and agreed to let me go. I flew to Harrisburg straight after training and went to the senior prom at Hershey. I had a long night. I danced the night away and went to a couple of after-parties. You can’t go to a prom and not go to the after-parties!

"I avoided drinks and then flew back to Kansas the next morning, sleeping on the plane for three hours. I was a bit tired and didn’t start, but I was subbed in at the end and scored!"