Headbutts, throat grabs and smashing balls on the fans, and a first red card


With the ball at his feet, Lionel Messi made many believe he was a superhuman alien from another planet.

But his temper shows that he is very human after all.


Messi was ready to rumble with the entire Netherlands squad in Argentina’s last game

While the Argentine superstar has produced football the world may never recreate, even the most average Sunday League player can relate to his frequent tantrums.

There was a suggestion that his outburst in the dramatic win over the Netherlands was out of place. This was not the case.

Messi, the shy and introverted little man, is quite gobs**** in the heat of the moment.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner told Louis van Gaal to stop talking so much after celebrating his goal just in front of the Dutch bench.

Messi also came up against the great Wout Weghorst – who tried to approach him in the tunnel to offer him a handshake after the Dutchman’s expert display of s***housery in Argentina’s penalty shootout win .

Messi replied: “Who are you looking at, idiot? Go ahead, you idiot.

He even approached Van Gaal full time


He even approached Van Gaal full time

It was a poorly qualified match and, of course, the Netherlands got under Messi’s skin.

But it’s really not that hard to do. Back then, Sergio Ramos only had to look at Messi to make the Argentine lose his temper.

During their time at Barcelona and Real Madrid, Messi and Ramos clashed regularly, kicking each other and bumping heads on numerous occasions over the years.

Messi’s signature celebrations against Madrid were defiant to say the least, and in 2011 the 35-year-old kicked a ball into the Bernabeu crowd, angering Pepe.

Messi and Ramos hated each other before becoming Paris Saint-Germain teammates


Messi and Ramos hated each other before becoming Paris Saint-Germain teammates

Messi once smashed the ball to the Bernabeu faithful


Messi once smashed the ball to the Bernabeu faithful

But it wasn’t just El Clasico that brought out Messi’s angry side. Ask Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

In 2015, Messi headbutted and strangled the Roma man… in a pre-season friendly!

He escaped a red card, but his passion landed him in hot water several times.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has been sent off three times in his career and each one was for lashing out.

Despite his genius, there's no denying Messi's wicked streak


Despite his genius, there’s no denying Messi’s wicked streak

He loves to butt heads with the opposition


He loves to butt heads with the opposition

An 18-year-old Messi nudged Hungarian Vilmos Vanczak on his Argentina debut in 2005 and received a straight red card.

His next would come 14 years later, but it was just as violent when Messi got involved in a fight with Chilean Gary Medel.

And his last red card came in 2021 when he hit Asier Villalibre in the head in Barcelona’s 3-2 loss to Atletico Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final.

So you understand, Messi is not a saint.

Maybe that’s what two decades of being fired for a living will do to you.

But if anything was reminded Croatia, who Argentina face in the semi-finals of the World Cup live on talkSPORT on Tuesday night, it’s that even the greatest player of all time is susceptible to a classic liquidation.

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