Lionel Messi accused of ignoring Barcelona's assistant coach Eder Sarabia vs. Celta Vigo

  • Rob Swan

Was this the weekend that Barcelona handed the title to Real Madrid?

The Catalan giants needed to beat struggling Celta Vigo in order to stay above their bitter rivals but only managed to draw 2-2 at the Abanca-Balaídos.

Lionel Messi, still seeking his 700th career goal, provided two assists for Luis Suarez. But Iago Aspas’s 88th-minute free-kick denied Barça two precious points.

Real Madrid were always likely to beat bottom side Espanyol - and while the fixture was tougher than they may have anticipated, they got the job done.

Karim Benzema’s assist-of-the-season contender found Casemiro, who tapped home from close range to bag Los Blancos all three points.

With six matches left to play, Real Madrid boast have a two-point lead and a superior head-to-head record over Barcelona. It’s now their title to lose.

Messi will, of course, to everything in his power to ensure Barça finish the season above Madrid.

But some curious footage has emerged - courtesy of Movistar El Partidazo - which shows the club captain allegedly ignoring Barcelona’s assistant coach Eder Sarabia.

In the clip, taken from the drinks break, we see the masked Sarabia looking and speaking at Messi, who appears to take no notice of the coach.


Sarabia continues to look at Messi as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner walks away.

The video also shows what happened shortly beforehand. Messi turns away from a group chat, featuring Sarabia, mouthing some words while looking a little disgruntled.

Watch it here...

The footage doesn’t look great and has led to speculation in the Spanish press - including AS and Mundo Deportivo - that tension exists between Messi and Barcelona’s coaching staff.

Football fans, meanwhile, have been reacting on social media…

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It’s no secret that Messi, arguably the greatest footballer of all time, is the most powerful figure at Camp Nou.

And if he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Sarabia then it almost certainly means that Barcelona’s current No. 2 won’t be at the club for much longer.

That said, Quique Setien also faces a battle to save his own job if Barça fail to win La Liga or the Champions League.

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