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Messi photo leaves social media asking what's up with his knee

Barcelona's Leo Messi was only too happy to take a photograph with a fan while on holiday, but couldn't have expected the response to it...

Messi photo leaves social media asking what's up with his knee

A photograph of Leo Messi alongside a football supporter has set social-media chins a-wagging over the rather unusual shape of the Barcelona star's right knee.

Messi, partner Antonella Roccuzzo and their children are currently on holiday on Ibiza with friend and former club-mate Cesc Fàbregas and his family.

"Is Messi growing another leg from his knee?"

And having agreed to pose for a photo with a fan, the resulting snap has left many scratching their heads over the Argentine's apparently over-protruding kneecap.

"Is Messi growing another leg from his knee?" asked the soccer website 101 Great Goals, with Twitter users suggesting his "mutant knee" had to be a Photoshop job...