Liverpool Fan's Petition To Ban Lionel Messi Has Passed 5,000 Signatures

Lionel Messi danced around the Liverpool defence from start to finish on Wednesday night, giving the likes of Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez a headache throughout.

It was a masterclass of the highest order, and a remarkable free-kick in the 82nd minute of last night's Champions League semi-final was the icing on top of the Catalonian cake.

I mean, just look at it.

He stepped up from 35 yards, took a deep breath and gave goalkeeper Allison absolutely no chance with a strike fitting of the GOAT himself.

It was a 'where were you when Lionel Messi scored that free-kick' moment.

But before that goal, it was a relatively balanced game surrounded by fine margins.

Liverpool fans might even suggest that things could have been very different if certain decisions went their way, including an incident seconds before Messi scored from 35 yards.

To win the free-kick, Messi appears to jump into Fabinho and make contact with the Brazilian midfielder, who held his head before the referee decided to give a free-kick to Barcelona.

It's a fine margin but Liverpool fans may feel aggrieved by the decision.

In fact, one supporter has created a petition on Change.Org titled: "Get Messi a retrospective ban for clearly punching Fabinho in the head."

The petition reads: "So basically Messi gets a freekick for punching Fabinho in the head and scores it, I feel like this needs to be looked at by UEFA."

Thoughts on the incident?

Let us know in the comments.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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