Argentinian not impressed with Spanish defender during Super Cup defeat
LIONEL MESSI hit out at rival Sergio Ramos in an X-rated blast during Real Madrid’s Super Cup win over Barcelona on Wednesday night.
An already frustrated Messi was left fuming when Real skipper Ramos stopped the Barca star taking a quick free-kick.
Ramos picked the ball up and, with Messi holding his hands out to get it back, looked like he was going to hand it back to him.
But the Real wind-up merchant Ramos instead threw the ball over his head at the last second and jogged back into position.
That drew an irate response from five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Messi shouted: “La concha de tu madre.”
Which, colloquially, translates to: “Your mum’s c***.”
It was a rare outburst from the 30-year-old, who saw his team slip to a second El Clasico defeat in a week.
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Zinedine Zidane’s team won the Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate – despite Cristiano Ronaldo playing only 25 minutes across the two legs.
The Portuguese, who came on as a sub in the first leg, was sent off and then given a five-match ban for pushing the referee in the aftermath.
That ban was upheld after an appeal on Wednesday.
Marco Asensio scored a stunning long-range effort in the 2-0 win on Wednesday night, with Karim Benzema adding another.
Speaking after the game, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said there are “no invincible teams” in sport and Barca’s dominance was bound to end eventually.
With Neymar now gone – and Real the current Spanish and European champions – the balance of power in Spain appears to have tipped massively to Los Blancos.
But Valverde said: “There are no invincible teams – if there is a certainty in this sport, it’s that we are going to lose eventually.
“What we need is to win, to be sure, to be accurate. We have no qualms in recognising the merits of the rival.
“Madrid played better than us, especially in the second game, not the first.
“We have to recover soon in the psychological point of view because La Liga starts. The Super Cup is the end of pre-season, although it is a title that we wanted to win. We have to pull forward.
“We have no other choice.”
He added: “In this world everything is evidence, each one is tested to a certain extent and difficulties always come in.
“There have been things in the pre-season that can affect the balance that there was in the team and we have to work on it to find another balance to be able to play well and get results.
“That is the team’s work. It is a difficult moment because in big teams this happens when you do not win.”
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