Argentine footballer and six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi, who is also the ambassador of Expo 2020 Dubai, visited the Al Wasl Plaza, which is a centrepiece of the World Expo’s 4.38km2 site.
Messi’s visit to Al Wasl Plaza came in line with a random draw held by the Expo School Programme, as part of which ten school students got a chance to meet the football legend at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, the UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam reported.
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During his visit Messi toured the Al Wasl Plaza, which is designed by US-based architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, along with the students, accompanied by the Expo mascots Rashid and Latifa.
Earlier this month the Al Wasl Plaza was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai along with HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The dome-shaped structure encloses a space of 724,000m3. The structure is 67.5m-tall, making it taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and 130m-wide.
Speaking on the sidelines of his visit, Messi said that the Expo 2020 Dubai has been “putting youth at the centre of its vision and mission”.
“It was very enjoyable to meet and spend time with the students – their generation will provide the next superstars in sport and many other walks of life, leading us all to an optimistic new future driven by innovation, sustainability and global collaboration as will be showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai.”
School students from the Australian International School, Rashid bin Saeed School, Al Jahiz Girls School, Omar bin Al Khattab School, and Al Saada School were among the ten, who were selected to meet Messi.