One of the few drawbacks of being arguably the greatest footballer on the planet is the unnecessary abuse from opposition fans.
Lionel Messi is used to being insulted whenever he travels to the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, home ground of neighbours Espanyol, and it was the same old story on Wednesday evening as Barcelona secured a 2-0 win in the second leg of their Copa del Rey tie.
Some of the abuse was picked up by the cameras and it was nothing short of scandalous. Shouts of “Die!” and other things we’re unable to publish were bound to lead to a reaction from the five-time Ballon d’Or winner - Messi, contrary to popular belief, is only human after all.
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While Messi wisely opted against getting into a slanging match with Espanyol’s fans when he was taking Barcelona’s corners, he took his opportunity to exact revenge when Munir scored for the visitors.
During the celebrations, Messi deliberately looked a section of the home fans and waved his fist in celebration towards them. This prompted a fierce reaction from the Espanyol fans.
Video: Messi reacts with celebration
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Great week for Messi
Fortunately, Messi managed to escape from the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat unscathed, while Barcelona booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Spanish cup competition.
The abuse from Espanyol supporters will not take the shine off what has been a memorable week in the career of Messi.
On Saturday he netted yet another hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Granada - and just over 48 hours later he was crowned the best player in world football for a record-breaking fifth time.
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