Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes. The Barcelona star’s perfect game techniques and calm composure have made him an opposition’s worst nightmare. But that’s not to say the humble and down to earth Argentine isn’t immune to a bit of drama either.
During his debut match against Hungary, Messi lasted less than two minutes before he earned himself a red card. It came when the forward elbowed an opponent in the face while attempting to dribble the ball.
Recently in November Messi asked Tite to shut up and it was probably a bit of a slap in the face for the Brazil coach and made headlines.
In 2006 Jose Mourinho blamed Messi for Asier del Horno’s dismissal just eight minutes before half-time. Del Horno whacked the footballer shortly before his dismissal. Then, for whatever reason, he threw himself at Messi and earned himself a red card. He called out Messi after all this and said that he acts very well to make situations in his favour.
In a La Liga match in 2008, when Messi lost his temper and spat at Malaga winger Duda.
The Barcelona star got involved in a bust-up with Chile captain Gary Medal in last summer’s Copa America. Things got ugly among the pair and the referee dismissed them. Messi didn’t turn up for Argentina’s medal presentation after this to make matters worse. He was slapped with a three-month ban from international football.
Well, every star has his moments!