Lionel Messi has ball kicked at his head while on the floor
Many have tried (and failed) to stop Lionel Messi over the years, but Colombia’s Abel Aguilar took a novel approach to the task, by firing the ball from close range at the forward’s head…while he was on the floor.
The Hercules midfielder took the dastardly pop at the Barcelona ace immediately after he was felled outside the box by Gustavo Bolivar, during Argentina’s 2-1 win over Colombia in their World Cup qualifier.
The incident provoked a furious reaction from Messi’s team-mates, but it was the brilliant 24-year-old who had the last laugh – firstly scoring Argentina’s leveller, then turning provider for Sergio Aguero to nick it six minutes from time.
I think we can safely assume the lesson here – like in the Incredible Hulk – is ‘ don’t make him angry!’
The result keeps Argentina joint top of their nine-team South American qualifying group, level on seven points with Venezuela and Copa America winners Uruguay, who have a game in hand.