Lionel Messi shown a red card for the first time in his Barcelona career after hitting an opponent in the back of the head. It happened in Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
With Barcelona trailing 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in extra time, Messi given his marching orders. Following a VAR review, for appearing to hit Asier Villalibre on the head in an off the ball incident.
Lionel Messi received a red card for his moment of madness in the 121st minute.
Prior to yesterday’s sending off, Messi received two other red cards in his career, but both came in international play with Argentina.
It was another frustrating night for the Barcelona captain as Bilbao came from behind twice. Including a 90th-minute equaliser to take the game to extra time, to lift the Spanish Super Cup.
The Spanish Super Cup loss piles even more pressure on Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman.
Koeman, who missed the chance to win his first trophy with Barcelona as a manager, could be fearing the sack after his latest setback.
Barcelona trail LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid by seven points and Real Madrid who are second by three points. However, Diego Simeone’s men have two games in hand on their rivals.