The six-time Ballon d’Or winner scored in a 3-0 win over River Plate in the FIFA Club World Cup final in 2015, but his celebration was understated.
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D’Onforio(President, River Plate) “Messi is a gentleman. When he scored the goal he raised his hand in apology” pic.twitter.com/YPp80q9LTf
— Argentina Football Media (Eng) (@ARG_soccernews) December 21, 2015
“I know how much effort all those fans made in making that trip and how excited they were,” he said in a post-match interview with FIFA, viaSport.
“And there was me, the Argentinian, scoring the first goal and ruining it all for them.
“I don’t know if I was actually saying sorry, but it was a type of apology.”
It was a thoroughly nice gesture from Messi, who is always one for sportsmanship.
With his fancy footwork, he rinsed two players, but the third got his body in front of Messi and stopped him dead in his tracks. After losing his balance, Messi staggered to the ground, but the referee requested a VAR investigation of the incident.
However, Messi quickly informed him that he had not been fouled, and the game began.
In yesterday’s match, Messi lost his balance in the GK’s area after a bump in with a defender.
After his fall, the Barça players were asking the ref for a penalty.
The ref asked for a VAR revision, however, Messi told him he wasn’t fouled and asked for the match to be resumed. pic.twitter.com/4mMRWqyPsJ
— La Senyera (@LaSenyera) March 10, 2019