Fresh from scoring a fine goal during Barcelona's success in the FIFA Club World Cup final against River Plate on Sunday, Lionel Messi would have been in great spirits as he made his way to the airport after the clash.
Thanks to a strike from Messi and a double from Uruguayan ace Luis Suarez, Luis Enrique's side secured a comfortable 3-0 victory against the Argentine outfit to secure yet another major trophy.
However, following proceedings, Messi endured a testing few minutes in the airport as fans from River Plate opted to insult and show hostility towards him.
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In fact, as reported by Spanish outlet Sport, Messi was spat on during the controversial coming together.
The report goes on to claim that the trio of Suarez, Enrique and Javier Mascherano had to step in to stop the situation escalating.
A video is yet to emerge from the incident, but as you can see by the tweet below, the confrontation is already coming to prominence on social media.
It was a sour end to what would have been a wonderful day for the man expected to reclaim the tag as the world's best player next month.
Messi is the standout favourite to pip Cristiano Ronaldo and teammate Neymar to the Ballon d'Or award. In 2015, Messi has helped the Catalans win as many as five trophies while he's scored goal after goal for Enrique's side.
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