Lionel Messi presented with custom painted Team Sky bike

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been given a personalised Pinarello Dogma F8 from Team Sky, along with a custom Sky jersey from Rapha

Lionel Messi with his Pinarello Dogma F8 (Photo: Team Sky)

The worlds of football and cycling rarely collide, but 'huge cycling fan' Lionel Messi got a treat this week when he was presented with a personalised Pinarello Dogma F8 from Team Sky.

The Argentinian superstar reportedly shares a mutual friend with Team Sky mechanic David Fernandez, who sourced the bike for Messi.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.