Soccer-Israeli president’s wayward pass startles Messi (Reuters)

By Ori Lewis TEL AVIV, Aug 4 (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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