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When Lionel Messi Had The Perfect Response To Jose Mourinho's Touchline Antics

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When Lionel Messi Had The Perfect Response To Jose Mourinho's Touchline Antics

Lionel Messi once had the coldest response to some light hearted abuse that Jose Mourinho tried to serve up during an El Clasico match.

From 2010 to 2013, the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona really ramped up as Mourinho made the whole thing pretty personal.

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Mourinho had been interviewed for the vacancy of Barca manager, before Pep Guardiola got the job in 2008, and when he arrived in Spain, to take over their rivals, things got really heated.

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In August 2011, the two sides faced each other in the Supercopa, after the Catalan giants had won La Liga the previous season and Real had won the Copa del Rey, beating Guardiola's side 1-0 in the final.

The sides drew 2-2 in the first leg, so it was all to play for when they headed to the Nou Camp for the second leg.

After Andres Iniesta and Messi scored, either side of Cristiano Ronaldo's goal, Karim Benzema looked to have sent the game to extra time when he equalised in the 82nd minute.

However, Messi had a different idea. Having been in the receiving end of some usual Mourinho antics, the six time Ballon d'Or winner scored the winner in the 88th minute.

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No one has played in more El Clasico games than Messi, with only Sergio Ramos, who put in the most perfect tackle on Messi in the 2020 edition of the match, level with him on 45 appearances in the famous game.

Incredibly, having been such fierce rivals for so many years, the two superstars are now teammates at PSG, although Ramos is yet to make his debut for the club.

The 34-year-old forward also has the record for most goals in the competition by a long way, scoring 26 times in all, eight clear of Alfredo di Stefano and Ronaldo in second place.

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Messi didn't enjoy his final appearance in an Clasico game. Image: PA Images
Messi didn't enjoy his final appearance in an Clasico game. Image: PA Images

Things haven't gone brilliant for either Barcelona or Messi since the pair parted ways in the summer, with the club's all time top scorer moving to PSG.

The players has already had a mini falling out with new manager Mauricio Pochettino, after being taken off in a recent game, but should return from injury for Tuesday's Champions League game with Manchester City.

Barca have drawn three of their six La Liga games so far but were given a boost at the weekend with the return of youngster Ansu Fati from a long injury, with the teenager making his first appearance as the number 10.

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The forward scored a goal on return and ran the length of the pitch to celebrate with the doctor who'd helped him recover from his knee injury.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Football, El Clasico, Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Real Madrid, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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