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'What are you doing, idiot? Do you want to stop kicking me, a**hole?': Lionel Messi's x-rated rant revealed by opponent who had to get physical to stop Barcelona star in friendly clash Barcelona star Messi has endured a turbulent summer after asking for a move  Argentine was less than impressed with Gimnastic midfielder Javier Ribelles Ribelles claimed Messi called him an 'a**hole' for fouling him during the match

By David Wood for MailOnline

Published: 00:29 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 01:05 BST, 16 September 2020

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has endured a turbulent summer after asking for a move and then performing a dramatic U-turn when it became clear he couldn't leave on a free transfer.

And the 33-year-old Argentine was less than impressed with the unwanted attention he received from Gimnastic de Tarragona midfielder Javier Ribelles on his return to action in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner didn't get on the scoresheet in Barcelona's 3-1 victory, but he did deliver an x-rated rant. 

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