Lionel Messi plays football with Kent schoolboy on Caribbean beach holiday

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Anna O'Neill, from Canterbury, filmed her son Mackenzie playing football with Barcelona and Argentina legend Lionel Messi and his son, Thiago - PA

The world's most famous footballer enjoyed a kickabout with a schoolboy from Kent on a Caribbean beach holiday.

Anna O'Neill, from Canterbury, filmed her son Mackenzie playing football with Barcelona and Argentina legend Lionel Messi and his son, Thiago.

Ms O'Neill, 41, said she had been looking after her 14-month-old toddler in her room at a private Caribbean resort when her son rushed back to tell her the footballer was on the beach.

"I'm not a football fan at all, so when Mackenzie said, 'oh my god, mum, Messi is on the beach', I was just like, 'who?'," she said.

After messaging her brother and searching Messi's name on Google, Ms O'Neill headed to the beach to see the Argentinian with her son and the other children, where they had been playing for around half an hour.  

"It was such a sweet experience," Ms O'Neill said. "They're just a very normal family.

Anna O'Neill with her sons on the beach in Antigua Credit: Anna O'Neill/PA

"I know it's terrible but I just thought, 'oh here we go, another footballer', but a million percent he's just interested in his family and it was really humbling.

"What a lovely thing for this guy to do - he's on a family vacation."

"He was a really nice guy," Mackenzie, 11, said. "He looked happy to see me playing with his son and some other boys.

"He doesn't act like he owns the place, he just acts like what anyone else would act like."