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Proof That Lionel Messi Is Low-Key Hot-Head On The Pitch

Proof That Lionel Messi Is Low-Key Hot-Head On The Pitch

Lionel Messi comes across as humble and unassuming off the pitch and even on it he's widely deemed to be an honest player who plays the game in the right way.

But at the same time, Messi has been known to lose his cool and there are a number of examples during which the diminutive genius has had beef with opposition players.

The most recent of which came in Barcelona's 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final on Thursday night.

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Messi had a heated confrontation with Atleti's Joao Felix during the match in Saudi Arabia and the two had to be separated by Gerard Pique.

But Messi going head-to-head with an opponent is anything but an anomaly. He's had a few run-ins with Sergio Ramos and the two squared up in El Clasico in March after the Real skipper elbowed him in the face and left him with a bloody lip.

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Messi has also had a high-profile spat with Edinson Cavani during an Argentina-Uruguay game in November, with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner not backing down whatsoever.

He went a tad further when Chile's Gary Medel offered him out in the Copa America third-place playoff, though the decision to send him off was a bit harsh from the referee.

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There was also the time he insulted James Milner when the Liverpool No.7 clattered him in cynical fashion during the the Champions League semi-final first leg last year.

It was four years on from Messi's stunning nutmeg on the Yorkshireman and as Milner later revealed, Barcelona's all-time top scorer told him what he thought of him.

"He was giving me plenty in Spanish going down the tunnel at half-time as well," Milner told the Daily Mail.

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"He was calling me 'burro'. It translates as donkey but I think it's also used in Spanish football as a general term for someone who goes around kicking people.

"I asked him if he was all right, but he wasn't having it. I don't think he realised I understood his Spanish.

He said: 'That foul you did, that's because I nutmegged you'."

And finally, Messi somehow avoided red cards in clashes with Shakhtar's Darijo Srna and Roma's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - raising his head to the former and doing the same to the latter before grabbing him by the throat despite it being a friendly game.

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Topics: Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Messi, Lionel Messi

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