Israeli president’s wayward pass startles Messi (Reuters)

Israel's President Shimon Peres (L) kicks the ball to Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) at the opening of a soccer clinic with Arab and Jewish children at Bloomfield stadium in Tel Aviv August 4, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias

By Ori Lewis TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli President Shimon Peres inadvertently kicked a ball straight into the midriff of startled Barcelona striker Lionel Messi as he launched a soccer event by the Spanish league champions in Tel Aviv on Sunday. The remarkably energetic Peres, 90, dressed in a smart suit, addressed the Catalan team and 15,000 spectators at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium who came to see Barcelona hold a clinic for young players followed by a training session. …


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