Leo Messi and 7-foot-7 Gheorghe Muresan pictured together at an NBA game

In Washington, DC for Saturday’s friendly against El Salvador, the entire Argentina squad went to the Washington Wizards-Indiana Pacers NBA game on Wednesday night. This provided the opportunity for a truly delightful image: 5-foot-7 Lionel Messi shaking hands with 7-foot-7 former Wizards (then Bullets) center Gheorghe Muresan, the tallest player in NBA history.

The Wizards also presented Messi with the No. 10 jersey, eliciting mental images of the Argentine nutmegging opponents on the court with a basketball. And if you think Messi would be too small to compete in the NBA, remember that ex-Washington point guard Muggsy Bogues was just 5-foot-3. 

Some of the questions Messi probably asked Muresan:

-Do you live at the top of a beanstalk?
-How many fun-size Snickers bars can you eat?
-Do you know Peter Crouch?
-Can I sit on your shoulders?
-Will you be my friend?


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