Sixth time Balon D’or winner, Lionel Messi was issued his first red card of his footballing career as a Barça player after throwing an arm at Asier Villalibre, who at the 90th-minute netted an equaliser to deny the triumph of Barcelona at the Spanish Super Cup final.
This make it his first ever red card in 753 appearances for his club Barcelona, to go with his two reds for his country side Argentina in the year 2005 and 2019.
Messi forshook an injury on his thigh to be at the starting line-up in Seville and was required to perform on the pitch all 120 minutes as the Catalans made the effort to take the game to penalties.
It just did not go down well for the men from Camp Nou, as the Argentine maestro lost his cool at the end of a very competitive showdown, that resulted into a late challenge from Villalibre by way of chasing and raising his hand to his opponent.
Messi’s act of hostility will take some of the interesting highlight away from Bilbao, who had before now denied the tournament an El-Clasico final by defeating Real Madrid in the semi finals on Thursday.
This possibly means a trophy and a spectacular start for Marcelino Garcia Toral, who only took charge as manager barely two weeks syne.