Watch Atletico player telling team-mate where to ‘do’ injured Messi
GREAT footballers get kicked around. That’s always been the case. Look at the savage treatment doled out to Pele in the ’66 World Cup, kicked out of the competition entirely.
These days, the world’s favourite is Lionel Messi and with all cameras pointing at him constantly, this week we saw him being deliberately targeted by the players of Atletico Madrid. With Messi injured, there’s a video showing Diego Godin clearly telling a team-mate to ‘do’ the Barcelona forward.
Messi ended up being replaced by Cesc Fabregas at half-time and Barcelona said in a medical statement: ‘Messi was substituted due to precaution for pain in the back of his left thigh caused by a knock.’
It seemed that Atletico knew that Messi was carrying a slight injury from Barcelona’s 7-0 walloping of Levante and the Godin video seems to suggest an exploitation of it.
And what do you think of it? Is this just a normal part of the game or is trying to injure players an unsavoury element that is reintroducing itself into football?
Have a look below.
Photo: Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin from Uruguay, center background, heads the ball next to Levante’s Pedro Lopez, left, and Papa Diop from Senegal, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.