FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi headbutted AS Roma defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa after an altercation between the two in the Joan Gamper trophy at the Camp Nou yesterday night.

The Blaugrana comfortably beat Roma 3-0 courtesy of goals from Neymar, Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic. However, it was not Rakitic’s rocket or Messi’s deft finish that made the headlines, but an unlikely Lionel Messi headbutt on French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa that broke the internet.


The Argentine striker considered by many to be the best in the world, was involved in an altercation with former Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. In an unfortunate turn of events, the usually uber-cool Messi lost his temper after exchanging some heated words with the French defender. The diminutive Argentine headbutted Mbiwa and followed it with a choke-hold. However, the Barcelona superstar miraculously escaped a red-card as both the defender and him were shown yellow cards.

Last night’s unfortunate events brought back memories of the infamous Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup finals, with fans on Twitter going as far as comparing the two incidents. Anything that involves Lionel Messi is ought to receive gargantuan response from fans and detractors alike, and this headbutt was no different.

Here are some of the best tweets following the Lionel Messi headbutt: