Real Madrid players are “quite angry” with Barcelona’s Leo Messi following the four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner’s behaviour after their Copa del Rey clash with the Catalans at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Wednesday, reports in Spain on Thursday claimed.
The Argentina captain went to the players’ car park at the Bernabéu in search of Álvaro Arbeloa after the game.
Messi reportedly launched a tirade of insults at the Real defender – calling him “stupid”, to name but one – leaving the full-back completely shocked.
Arbeloa’s wife, Carlota, who is expecting a baby, was said to be with the Spain international and was also astonished.
“What’s his problem?” she asked her husband, according to witnesses at the scene. A Barcelona member of staff had to be called to take Messi to the team coach.
La Sexta television and La Cope radio also reported another incident involving the Barça goal-machine and another member of the Real setup – Aitor Karanka, which occurred in the tunnel to the changing rooms.