An overexcited fan of Lionel Messi was dragged off the pitch on Wednesday night.

Before the Barcelona and Argentinean soccer star was introduced in the 74th minute, a fan jumped the fence and ran towards him for a quick embrace.

But security guards reacted quickly to stop him.

They ran towards the fan, caught him and dragged him off the field.

THE Catalans played and against Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB stadium on Wednesday night.

Barcelona won 3-1.