Lionel Messi Arrested and Then Released by Chinese Police Due to Passport Issue:
Chinese authorities briefly detained football superstar Lionel Messi at the airport in Beijing due to a lack of an Argentinian passport. The incident occurred on Saturday when Messi arrived for a friendly match before joining Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami.
Upon his arrival, Messi was temporarily held by Chinese border police, who conducted an investigation. However, he was subsequently released after presenting his Spanish passport. The fact that this was Messi’s seventh visit to China, along with his upcoming participation in the Australia-Argentina match scheduled for Thursday in China, clarified any doubts for the police.
Given Messi’s immense popularity, news of the incident quickly became a trending topic on Chinese social media and garnered worldwide attention, accompanied by pictures of the footballer at the airport.