There has been plenty of fallout to Lionel Messi’s supposed reaction in the tunnel after Barcelona were defeated by Manchester City on Tuesday.
Some reports claim the Argentine waited outside City’s changing room for an unnamed player who taunted him following Barca’s 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
“Stupid, stupid, come here!” Messi apparently shouted.
The 29-year-old has plenty of reason to be angry, of course. His breakaway goal gave Barcelona an early lead but Barcelona were made to look like pretenders by City’s rampant second-half display.
Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick was sandwiched by Ilkay Gundogan’s brace as Pep Guardiola’s team proved they are to be taken seriously in the Champions League.
This isn’t the first team we’ve witnessed Messi’s bad side. In Barcelona’s emotionally-charged 3-2 win at Valencia last month, he apparently shouted: “The c*** of your mother, son of a thousand w*****!” to the home supporters who threw a bottle towards Neymar.
Messi’s post-match outburst wasn’t the first time he kicked up a fuss during Tuesday’s contest, according to the Mirror.
They claim the five-time Ballon d’Or winner launched an angry tirade at referee Viktor Kassai at half-time for failing to award him a penalty.
Messi apparently approached the Hungarian official as the players left the pitch and continued his rant in the tunnel.
Onlookers are said to have been “shocked” by the forward’s wild behaviour.
Fernandinho accused of mocking Messi
Messi was protesting Kassai’s decision not to award him a penalty after he was brought down inside the penalty area by Fernandinho.
The Brazilian responded to claims that he was the one who mocked Messi after the game, writing on social media, via the Daily Mail: “I don't know where the rumours and discussion about my role in the provocation of Messi came from.
“I just want to say that the rumours that are circulating in the media are absurd: I didn't even have contact with any Barcelona players or technical staff after the game.
“Instigating and provoking are not in my nature, bearing in mind that I put a lot of importance on showing respect both on and off the pitch, regardless of the opposition or player in question.”
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