Lionel Messi receives 1st red card ever in club football career
Barcelona star, Lionel Messi receives 1st red card ever in club football career against Athletic Bilbao in Super Cup Final.
Lionel Messi received got the red card after he threw an arm at Asier Villalibre, who had earlier scored a 90th-minute equaliser in normal time to deny Barca victory at the Spanish Super Club final.
Messi shook off a thigh problem to start in Seville and was required to play all 120 minutes as Barcelona attempted to take the game to penalties.
Instead, the 33-year-old lost his temper at the end of a combative contest, reacting to a late challenge from Villalibre by chasing and raising his hand to his opponent.
It meant a first ever red card in 753 appearances for Barcelona, to go with his two reds for Argentina in 2005 and 2019.
Messi’s anger will take some of the limelight away from Bilbao, who had already denied the competition a Clasico final by beating Real Madrid in the semi on Thursday and now have completed the set.
It means a title and the perfect start for Marcelino Garcia Toral, who only took over as coach less than two weeks ago.