Thursday, 03 Aug 2023 10:30 WIB
Lionel Messi was involved in a commotion in the locker room. (USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con/Nathan Ray Seebeck)
Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Lionel Messi fussed in the hallway leading to the locker room with Orlando City’s Cesar Araujo during the first half break of the 2023 Leagues Cup top 32 at the DRV PNK Stadium, Thursday (3/8) morning WIB.
The clash between Inter Miami vs Orlando took place quite hard. Physical clashes between players of the two teams often occur.
The physical clashes also often involve Messi. La Pulga was disturbed several times by Orlando players who guarded him closely.
The climax was that Messi was involved in friction with Araujo’s players on the gridiron near the end of the first half. This moment occurred when the collector of seven Ballon d’Or titles actually pushed the opposing player first.
But the referee did not consider the push as a violation. The match went on with Messi having the ball and being fouled by an Orlando player which resulted in a yellow card.
Messi and Araujo then engaged in conversation while heading to the locker room. While in the dressing room hallway, Messi was seen pushing Araujo in a video circulating on social media.
Messi himself again showed sharpness against Orlando in the first round. He scored one goal as Inter Miami won 2-1 over Orlando in the first half of the match.
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