Video: Lionel Messi’s delayed noseache

Posted by - April 20, 2009 - Football videos

Just how many seconds does it take before the pain of a ball to the face hits you?

Barcelona star Lionel Messi had his renowned boyish good looks threatened when Getafe defender Mario Alvarez planted a clearance right on his conk. The Argentine initially appeared to be made of sterner stuff, looked around and pointed at the ball, before realising that Barca were holding onto a slender lead with five minutes to play and remembering just how much pain he was in.

  • Junaid

    He’s done it before and it just goes to show you that even the best of players cheat (let’s not forget Ronaldo and Gerrard in this example).

  • Usama

    I wouldn’t call that cheating. It wasn’t a “dive” since there was ‘contact’, he was just waiting for the ball to go out of play to get treatment, rather than just stopping in his tracks, since it wasn’t a foul. And he would have to go to ground to alert the referee.