Lionel messi he has never been a character of many controversies. Still, the Argentine ace got involved in some. The most recent occurred last Sunday when he was substituted during the game against Lyon and he did not extend his hand to coach Mauricio Pochettino.
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But this is not the first time Messi he ‘rebels’ when he goes out of exchange. Accustomed to playing the matches completely in Barcelona, the Argentine has already shown discontent that has led him to uncomfortable situations, according to the Daily Mail.
The most famous was in January 2015. Upon returning from vacation, Luis Enrique left jersey number 10 on the bench, who did not like the coach’s decision. Sports director Andoni Zubizarreta, in turn, was fired. The player entered the field at half-time and helped the team recover against Real Sociedad.
But it was not only with Luis Enrique that the Argentine had a similar setback. In Guardiola’s first season, when Barcelona beat Valencia 4-0, Messi was taken off the field with nine minutes remaining. The next day, he refused to train and was replaced only once that year.
Another mess that involved Pep Guardiola was the following season. The reason? Ibrahimovic. With the Swede playing in the center, Leo even sent a message to the manager complaining that he was no longer the star of the team. This brought him back to the center of the attack, and Ibra left the club at the end of the year complaining about his ‘preference’ for the 10 jersey.
The last confusion of the Argentine star with the Blaugrana shirt was after the departure of Ernesto Valverde, a coach who had a good relationship with the star. His resignation was not well received by him, who criticized Abidal in an Instagram post.
Upon the arrival of the new coach, Quique Setién, during a match against Betis, Messi complained about the coach’s preference for Firpo over his lifelong partner Jordi Alba. The change was made at half-time and Barcelona got the victory.