Shell-shocked, Lionel? Messi laughs after being given a Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle mask during Argentina’s World Cup trophy parade by team-mates – as fans on social media believe they’re mocking France star and fellow PSG forward Kylian Mbappe

  • Lionel Messi was given a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle plushie during the parade 
  • The fictional character has previously been likened to France’s Kylian Mbappe 
  • Messi laughed before chucking the plushie away after realising what it was 
  • Mbappe was once given a mask of one of the characters by PSG team-mates 
  • Argentina returned home win the World Cup after their win over France  

Lionel Messi was given a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toy – a character which has been previously been likened to Kylian Mbappe – during Argentina’s welcome home parade.

Messi and Argentina returned as heroes as they were greeted by thousands of fans at Ezeiza International Airport after touching down in Buenos Aires following their stunning World Cup triumph. 

And during their celebrations, the PSG forward was chucked the toy and had a hilarious reaction when he quickly realised why it had been thrown at him.

Lionel Messi catches the plushie before realising what it resembles

The Argentina captain laughs before throwing it back where it came from

Lionel Messi appeared to laugh before throwing back a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle plushie

Many claim that the toy was thrown in reference to France superstar Kylian Mbappe (right)

Many claim that the toy was thrown in reference to France superstar Kylian Mbappe (right)

A video on TikTok shows the Argentina captain being nudged by one of his team-mates, who indicates that another team-mate wanted to throw something to him.

Messi turns and catches the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle plushie before laughing and quickly throwing back where it came from.

Fans have suggested that the toy was thrown to Messi in reference to France striker Kylian Mbappe – who has previously been compared to the fictional character.

When he joined PSG, Mbappe’s team-mates joked that he bared a somewhat striking resemblance to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle character Donatello. 

As a prank, they gifted the French forward a mask of the character but wrapped it in a Dior gift bag – fooling the youngster into thinking he’d earned a special present. 

The teenager cracks up after finding the Donatello mask deep inside the Dior box

Thiago Silva mischievously watches on from the locker room corridor

The PSG striker was previously given a mask of one of the characters as a joke by team-mates 

The two PSG stars faced off in the 2022 World Cup final where Messi emerged victorious after Argentina’s dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over France. 

Messi ended his career-long wait to win the World Cup title on Sunday afternoon after a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over France in Qatar.

The 35-year-old scored a brace in the match – with a first-half penalty and extra-time effort – before slotting away his spot-kick in the shoot-out that followed.

A hat-trick from France’s Mbappe in the 3-3 draw proved futile as Messi and Argentina stormed to victory for the first time in the competition since 1986. 

Messi emerged victorious when the two PSG stars faced off in Sunday's World Cup final

Messi emerged victorious when the two PSG stars faced off in Sunday’s World Cup final



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