Furious Messi headbutts Yanga-Mbiwa in Roma friendly clash

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A heated exchange off the ball saw the Argentine lash out at the French defender


Lionel Messi was lucky not to receive a red card in Barcelona ‘s friendly against Roma when he headbutted Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa .

With Barca leading 1-0 through Neymar’s strike, the pair began to tangle during the first half in the Joan Gamper Trophy at Camp Nou.

The Argentine attacker has a reputation for keeping a cool head in intense situations, but his temper flashed through when he came face to face with the France international.

Messi lashed out at Yanga-Mbiwa with a headbutt before grabbing at his throat.

The referee then separated the pair and gave both a yellow card, though they were lucky not to be dismissed.

Moments later, Messi went on to double his side’s lead, finishing off a sound team move to send his side 2-0 up at half time.

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