A Lionel Messi masterclass knocked Chelsea, out of the UEFA Champions League yesterday. However, the Argentine wizard was also involved in a rather offbeat spectacle with the match official, Damir Skomina.
Messi’s brilliant brace sealed the quarter-finals berth for Barcelona, who will face Italian giants Roma to fight for a place in the last four of the European competition.
But before the 30-year-old had scored his second goal of the night, he was involved in a stare-down with the referee. Established as a player who bears a rather quiet character, Messi, however, doesn’t shy away from an altercation if he feels he’s been wronged.
And that’s what happened when Skomina gave a decision which the Argentina international felt was incorrect.
As per the report by Spanish outlet Marca, towards the end of the first half, the little maestro dashed down the pitch to express his dissent, and Skomina, of course, didn’t like what he saw.
“Leo, turn it down,” said the Slovenian referee.
But instead, Messi continued to defend himself, as he did not agree with the official’s tone, and replied: “You don’t speak badly to me. I didn’t disrespect you, did I?”
This kind of a response is generally met with a yellow card, but given the fact that it was Messi who was in disagreement, he escaped what looked like a sure-shot booking.