Bernabeu bust-up: Lionel Messi loses cool with Alvaro Arbeloa
What was that all about? Mystery surrounds Barca 'moment of madness' in Bernabeu car park
THERE'S been another unsightly incident involving Lionel Messi and this time it's got nothing to do with his dress sense. Having sent shockwaves through the world of football last month when he collected his fourth consecutive Fifa Ballon d'Or award wearing a suit that appeared to be one of Julian Clary's cast-offs, the Barcelona striker has hit the headlines again for all the wrong reasons.
According to the Daily Mail, Messi "launched into an astonishing rant" at Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Arbeloa following the club's encounter at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
The game finished 1-1 and Messi appeared agitated throughout the match, reportedly trading insults with Arbeloa, with both players covering their mouths to hide their words from the cameras. The Spanish newspaper Marca alleges that Messi also confronted Real assistant manager Aitor Karanka in the tunnel after the game, yelling: "What are you looking at? Shut up. You're just [Jose] Mourinho's puppet."
But the real fireworks came later as Messi "sought out" former Liverpool defender Arbeloa in the Bernabeu car park following the Copa del Rey clash.
The diminutive Messi, who presumably had to stand on tip-toe to see over the cars, eventually located Arbeloa and let rip in "a tirade that left the Madrid player stunned". The Mail says Arbeloa's wife, who is expecting a child, witnessed Messi's moment of madness and was shocked by his behaviour.
The incident was defused when Messi was reportedly "dragged away from the scene and taken back to the Barcelona team bus".
The 25-year-old Messi didn't have one of his better games for Barcelona during the 1-1 clash and it may be that his frustrations boiled over in the car park. Others, however, are speculating that the Argentine may be concerned that his mantle as the world's greatest striker is in jeopardy given Theo Walcott's form of late. Surely not.