Ten lucky school students from across the UAE became the envy of millions of sports fans with a rare chance to meet Expo 2020 Dubai ambassador Lionel Messi.
Selected in a random draw held by the Expo School Programme, the pupils accompanied by their teachers met the football superstar at Al Wasl Plaza.
Messi led them on a tour of Al Wasl Plaza, which will become the centrepiece of Expo 2020 when it opens its doors on October 20.
They were also joined by Expo 2020 mascots Rashid and Latifa.
“I’m delighted to be working with Expo 2020, which is putting youth at the centre of its vision and mission. Like everyone, I will be thrilled to visit Expo 2020 after it opens in October to see for myself the many innovations, live shows, international dishes, arts and cultures from more than 190 countries as the world’s leading showcase of human brilliance and achievement,” said Messi.