Lionel Messi was shown the first red card of his Barcelona career after he lashed out at the end of Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Athletic Club in extra time.
Towards the end of the Spanish Super Cup final, Messi played a pass and took a swing at Asier Villalibre as the Athletic forward ran across his path.
The referee missed the incident at first but upon a VAR review, he showed Messi a straight red card for violent conduct.
It was Messi’s first red card Messi as a Barcelona player, coming in his 753rd appearance for the club.
1 – After 753 appearances in all competitions, Lionel Messi has been sent off in a game for Barcelona for the first time. Red.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 17, 2021
Barcelona were 2-1 up at some point with Antoine Griezmann scoring the goals, but Villalibre’s equalizer forced extra-time.
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Inaki Williams then scored a fabulous winning goal early in stoppage time, but the game will be best remembered for the first red card Messi has ever received in his 753 matches for Barcelona.
Messi will now be banned only for Super Cup games should the Spanish FA decide not to add more matches to the automatic three-game ban he will receive for violent conduct.
That means the Argentine is set to be eligible for Barca’s upcoming matches, which include a Copa del Rey tie against Cornella on Thursday and a La Liga match against Elche on Sunday.