The first ‘El Clasico’ of 2013 was certainly eventful, with neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
That hasn’t stopped the two players from hitting the headlines however, with Ronaldo missing a header from two-yards out and Messi now accused of spitting at the Real Madrid bench.
There is certainly no love lost between the two sides, with touch challenges on the Barcelona players not going unnoticed by manager Tito Vilanova.
And, after another physical foul – this time from Alvaro Arbeloa – the little Argentine appeared to direct his spit in the direction of the Los Blancos bench.
Whether anything was said by Madrid manager Jose Mourinho before the incident is unclear, but ‘the special one’ is unlikely to get a Christmas card from Messi if this particular gesture is anything to go on.
And, as is often the way, the two teams will meet again in the coming weeks, with a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg and a La Liga showdown still to come this month.
Watch the video at the top of this story, another gem from 101 Great Goals, and let us know what you think about the incident…