- Lionel Messi has been saluted by fans for telling the referee not to give Barcelona a penalty
- It was in the Spanish La Liga encounter between the Catalan giants and Rayo Vallecano
- Messi was challenged in the penalty box but told referee not to award spot-kick
Lionel Messi has been praised by football lovers for his sportsmanship after telling the referee not to award Barcelona a penalty in their La Liga win over Rayo Vallecano.
The Argentine football star had amazing run thereby beating two defenders before being brought down in the penalty box.
Messi's teammates called for a spot-kick after the Argentine fell down but he stood up to tell the match official that the tackle was legitimate.
Barcelona went on to win the Spanish La Liga encounter, but it was what Messi did that got supporters talking though with one claiming 'Messi is the only one keeping it real'.
Win over Rayo also stretched Barcelona's unbeaten run to 14 games this season and re-established their seven-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Catalans will now prepare for their Champions League last-16 second leg clash against Lyon at the Nou Camp having drawn 0-0 in the first game in France.
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Luis Enrique termed his relationship between himself and Lionel Messi as a 'time of tension' during his spell at Barcelona.
The Spanish national team boss spent three years at the Camp Nou and won nine trophies, including two La Liga titles and one Champions League trophy.
And according to Spanish news media outlet, Football Espana, Enrique admitted that it was difficult getting along with the Barca star man.
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