Following a charity game, Ortega strolled over to his compatriot to ask him to sign a national shirt – though we don’t know whether it was for Ortega himself or a friend or family member.
Or possibly Ebay.
Ortega – who before Messi also once bore the tag of ‘the new Maradona’ – was no slouch himself during a playing career that saw him represent River Plate, Valencia and Sampdoria amongst others.
He also won 87 caps for the national side and played at three World Cups, infamously earning a red card for headbutting Edwin van der Sar in 1998.
But the 39-year-old can’t hold a torch to the achievements of Messi, scorer of a club record 313 goals in 379 games for Barcelona and winner of three Champions League titles.
No wonder he wanted his famous scrawl on a shirt.