- Lionel Messi returned to the Barcelona squad and played in a friendly on Saturday
- The Argentine reportedly played just the first 45minutes of the game as he gradually regains fitness
- Reports say Messi lambasted a Tarragona star Ribelles for kicking him during the encounter
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Lionel Messi reportedly yelled at Gimnàstic de Tarragona star Javier Ribelles in what could be the first match for the Argentine since his remarkable transfer U-turn to stay with the Catalans.
Reports cited in SunSport have it that the furious Argentine star used terrible words while telling the player to stop kicking him on Saturday, September 12.
Messi returned to the Barcelona squad and played in the first 45minutes of their 3-1 win over Gimnastic de Tarragona aiming to get up to full fitness.
Ribelles, after the game claimed that he was asked by the six-time Ballon d'Or winner: "What are you doing, id**t?
"Do you want to stop kicking me, a***ole?"
But despite the match being a friendly, Ribelles wasn't prepared to give anything less than his best effort.
He continued: "It was clear that Messi could not turn, because if he does and faces you it is very complicated.
"In one of those that he is going to receive from his back, I will give him everything, with his feet, his hands, with the chest."
And this is coming barely 24 hours that a report alleged that Messi was fingered in another rancour within the Barcelona squad.
It was gathered that the situation is so bad that teenage sensation Ansu Fati may be considering an exit at the club.
Reports from Everything Barca citing Diario GOL claim that the Argentine is doing everything to frustrate the 17-year-old out of the club for parting ways with his agent Rodrigo Messi who is the club legend’s brother.
Ansu Fati had been managed by Messi’s brother Rodrigo, but the player recently ended their contract to join forces with renowned football agent Jorge Mendes.
It was gathered that Messi is not happy with the situation as he believes that his agent brother influenced Fati’s progression to the club’s first team using his relationship with the club management.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi's U-turn about not leaving Barcelona has had its significance on his personal earnings as the Argentine star would emerge the highest paid footballer on the planet ahead of the new season, Forbes claim.
The 33-year-old who almost ditched the Camp Nou this summer will be taking home a massive $126million beating rival Cristiano Ronaldo who would work home with $117m to second spot.
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar retains his third spot with a $96m while future Ballon d'Or winner, Kylian Mbappe climbs to fourth with an expected take-home of $42m.
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