Football superstar Lionel Messi saw a red card for the first time in his long career as a Barcelona player.
It was in the last minute of extra time when the VAR detected that he had slapped Villalibre, a rival who was trying to dribble, in the final that his team lost 3-2 to Athletic de Bilbao for the Spanish Super Cup at the La stadium. Charterhouse of Seville. There were 753 presentations with good behaviour…What was given is over.
Yes, the referee Jesús Gil Manzano -who had to see the monitor after the AVAR warning- will go down in history for having been the first to send Messi to the changing rooms early. According to Spanish media, the Argentine had not been expelled from Spanish football for 15 years in a Second Division B match between Peña Sport and Barcelona B.
Different was the history of Messi with the shirt of the Selection. There he saw the red card twice. The first was the day of his debut in a friendly against Hungary, on August 17th, 2005, in Budapest. That day he was also expelled for wanting to get rid of a rival named Vilmos Vanczák. The disputed failure of German Markus Merk was 43 seconds after José Pekerman sent him to the court to replace Lisandro López. A debut that La Pulga will never forget.
The other expulsion, also remembered, was in the duel against Chile in the match for third place in the Copa América 2019. Then he starred in a clash with defender Gary Medel. They insulted each other, got chest to chest and referee Mario Díaz de Vivar took the red from both of them.