5 instances when Lionel Messi lost his temper on the pitch
From grabbing a player's neck to spitting at another, even Messi has lost his cool
Seydou Keita pulls Messi away during his argument with Yanga-MbiwaAs Peter Parker’s uncle Ben aptly stated in the movie Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility,” that logic even applies in the real world when human beings are under the spotlight. Powers need not necessarily mean to possess some kind of extraordinary, supernatural gifts that would require the world to be saved. It could also imply the greatness of an individual who can ply their talents and become masters of their trade, inspiring others to do so.And in the world of football, Lionel Messi has been that extraordinary being that has graced the beautiful game and has elevated the sport’s image to a different level altogether. The Argentine has been at the summit of the modern game along with his adversary Cristiano Ronaldo and since his debut has won numerous accolades individually and collectively, and continues to do so to this day.But being called the best of your generation can also become a great burden as the whole world constantly keeps a watch on both your on-field and off the field actions. And Messi is no different as the Argentine is always on the radar of the footballing globe for whatever he does always makes its way to the front page.While there have been uncountable instances of his genius moments on the field, there have been rare occasions when the Argentine forward came under the microscope for losing his cool on the pitch. We take a look at such 5 instances.
#5 Headbutts Shakhtar right back Srna
In the 2009 UEFA Supercup, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, who became Spain’s first treble winning side, took on Ukraine champions Shakhtar Donetsk in Monaco as they began their hunt for more titles in the new season.
Shakhtar, however, were in the Catalan outfit’s way as the UEFA Cup winners were adamant and resilient in their quest to cause an upset. And their plans were going well as the match headed into extra time.
But just when it seemed as if the game was heading in for a penalty shootout, Pedro spoiled the party for the Ukrainians as he combined well with the tireless Lionel Messi, exchanging passes with the forward and scored the 115th-minute winner to deliver the Supercup to his side.
Enduring a frustrating night is something which the Argentine isn’t accustomed to and that became apparent after Barca’s no. 10 barged into Shakhtar’s full-back Darijo Srna who made a crucial clearance preventing Messi from finishing off one of his trademark runs.
And then came the moment when both of them clashed and Messi headbutted the Croatian right back as tempers flared and players gathered around the scene of the crime. The referee displayed a yellow card to the Argentine for his actions and both sides continued on with the game.