Serie A stars feud over salacious love triangle

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Last weekend's Serie A action has made headlines across Europe as the fallout continues over a match dubbed the 'Wanda derby' between Sampdoria and Inter Milan, but former friends Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez will surely stay in the spotlight following the match after continuing their very public feud online.

Lopez and Icardi were once team-mates and strike partners at Sampdoria, but all that changed last year, when Icardi began a relationship with the former Barcelona star's ex-wife and moved in with his new girlfriend to help look after Lopez's children.

Icardi regularly posts snaps of Lopez's son, much to the forward's disgust, which all added fuel to the fire as the duo lead the line for opposite sides on Sunday.

The pair evoked memories of a similar storyline in this country involving John Terry and Wayne Bridge when Lopez refused to shake Icardi's hand before the match, but the drama really began when play got underway.

Icardi opened the score after 13 minutes and poured salt into the wounds of Sampdoria fans by gesturing towards the home end with a defiant celebration, which earned a yellow card.

Lopez soon got a chance to respond but missed his penalty kick, but with the headlines written he fluffed a tame effort, with Sampdoria then reduced to 10 men before suffering further heartache when Icardi doubled his tally late on.

With Icardi prolific on Twitter this messy love triangle shows no sign of leaving the public spotlight just yet, a script that would surely be deemed too salacious for a soap opera let alone one of European football's most storied and passionate competitions. 

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