One of the most-sought after footballers in Russia for the World Cup is Argentina's Lionel Messi.

It was thus not surprising, the kind of treatment the Barcelona star got as he went to training with the rest of his national teammates on Tuesday. 

Over 400 fans turned up to catch a glimpse of the Barca legend during Argentina's open training session in Bronnitsy, south-east of Moscow.

The BBC reports that young fans chanted "Messi, Messi" as the 30-year-old prepared with his Argentina team-mates for Saturday's World Cup Group D game with Iceland.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who has never won the World Cup, was then mobbed by dozens of youngsters at the end of the session as players stopped to sign autographs.

Ernesto Lagorio, Argentina's ambassador to Russia, was at the session used by several Russian national sports teams, on the banks of the River Moscow.

"We came to see our national team - it's the first acquaintance with them, it's been great," said Lagorio.