- Man United supporters mocked Barcelona captain Lionel Messi during Wednesday’s Champions League
- Moments after Messi was injured by Chris Smalling, the fans started screaming ‘Viva Ronaldo’
- Barcelona claimed a 1-0 win over their host ahead of the reverse fixture at Nou Camp
Man United supporters turned the heat on Barcelona captain Lionel Messi during Wednesday’s Champions League cracker against the La Liga champions at Old Trafford.
According to Sportskeeda report, the Argentine suffered bruises on his nose during an aerial battle with Chris Smalling, and ended up bleeding.
The medical team responded immediately as they patched up the five-time Ballon d'Or winners injury.
But while Messi was being attended to, United fans were heard screaming ‘Viva Ronaldo’, in a bid to mock the Barca star.
Reacting after the match, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde told Marca that Messi, could not get back his groove after the injury
"Messi wasn't so comfortable after the blow. We have to examine him tomorrow to see how he is. He was strong, but he has quite a significant bruise,” he said, even as he was quick to add.
"When you see the atmosphere here and the team they have and it being the Champions League, it's hard to win here. It was a difficult game and complicated at times, but we had the clearest chances,” Valverde summed up.
Both team will square up in the reverse on April 16 at the Nou Camp.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lionel Messi remained in positive mood with a swollen nose as he headed back to Spain with Barcelona teammates after their 1-0 win over Man United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
According to Daily Mail, Messi, who suffered a bloodied nose from Chris Smalling at Old Trafford, was sighted at Manchester airport as Barca squad members made their way to the aircraft.
The Argentine needed treatment before he could complete the game, but he appeared to be in good spirit, with bruises around his nose - as he prepared to fly back to Spain.
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