Football star Lionel Messi forms Oasis tribute band

Lionel Messi needs a wig to look like Noel Gallagher? Uh, don't think so...
Lionel Messi needs a wig to look like Noel Gallagher? Uh, don't think so... (Image credit: ANDREAS GEBERT/epa/Corbis)

Lionel Messi is such an Oasis superfan that he's formed an Oasis tribute band. And not only that, but the Argentinian football star plans to take his group on a tour through Europe.

Messi, whose day job consists of playing for Spain's FC team Barcelona, is the 'Noel Gallagher' of the band. According to he Sun, one of Messi's team mates is also in the group, playing frontman Liam, but Messi doesn't want to divulge his identity as of yet.

Apparently, the sports superstar takes the act quite seriously. "Our disguise is based on how Oasis looked in the mid-'90s," he said. "We have our wigs, clothes and glasses sorted. I also spent a lot of time getting the mannerisms right."

He's not shy when it comes to his unnamed band's abilities to deliver the musical goods, either - the 23-year-old has invited Noel Gallagher to see them play. "We'll visit the UK. If you're at a pub or club where we are performing and see past our disguises there'll be a decent prize in it for you," Messi said.

Listen: A short clip of Lionel Messi singing Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.