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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi was not hurt after a teenager threw a punch at the Barcelona soccer star as he was leaving a restaurant.

A witness told Argentine television Thursday that the teenager was part of a throng wanting Messi’s autograph. It was not clear if the punch landed or what the intent had been.

Messi went on signing autographs.

Messi arrived in his home city Rosario this week and is taking a few days of vacation before practice starts next week for the Copa America — the South American championship.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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