It was the snub that reverberated throughout the soccer world. In the stadium tunnel before Argentina's opening World Cup match against Bosnia-Herzegovina, cameras caught superstar Lionel Messi ignoring a little boy's attempt at a handshake.
Cue interrogations in the media as to whether Messi had intentionally overlooked the boy, thus crushing the boy's heart and making him forever an enemy of Argentina.
"I heard what they are saying; I did not want to greet a young boy, I swerved my hand. Crazy. How can I not greet a kid, just do not get it," Messi said.
The Argentine said he turned to greet some kids after speaking with the referees. In fact, images proved the fact.
Those images show that, after shaking hands with referees, Messi turned to greet the group of boys serving as mascots for the match. Unfortunately, the "snubbed" boy had moved on and wasn't the recipient of Messi's greeting.
This should put to bed the controversy...at least until Argentina's second match against Iran on Saturday. All eyes will be on Messi in the tunnel.