Messi in for awkward reunion with Mallorca boss Moreno in first game back after furious row where duo had to be split up – The Sun

MESSI is set for an awkward reunion with Mallorca boss Vicente Moreno in Barcelona's first game back.

The pair had to be separated in their last meeting after a furious spat on the touchline at the Nou Camp.

Barca resume their LaLiga campaign on June 13 with a visit to Mallorca which ended 5-2 in their last meeting thanks to a hat-trick from the Argentine skipper, 32.

As reported by Mundo Deportivo, the mood may be dampened this time round as Leo prepares to once again face off with Moreno.

The duo locked horns last time out because Leo believed he had been blatantly fouled in front on the benches and Moreno disagreed.

When things escalated, Ivan Rakitic even had to step in to break up the heated clash.

But Messi had already marked the Mallorca boss' card when he was in his playing days at Xerez.

The former defender committed a crunchy foul on the Argentine ace and it seems there's been bad blood ever since.

When Moreno was asked if he should have held his tongue with Messi in their last meeting, he said: "And why not make him angry?

"He is a player like any other, you can have any situation with him. There are certain players who seem to be in a bubble and you can't seem to talk to them, but it doesn't matter.

"He believed that he was fouled in front of the bench and I thought that was not the case.

"And it seems that he was upset, but it should not be given more importance. I already knew that when you win the Ballon d'Or double and a hat-trick. It didn't look good."

The Argentina icon handed Barca a huge boost on Monday as he returned to full training ahead of the restart of the Spanish top-flight.

Messi had been training on his own after suffering a muscle tear in his leg but much to fans' relief he seemed to have brushed off the knock and was all smiles when he rejoined the group.

The Barcelona captain had felt a sharp pain in his right adductor towards the end of training last Tuesday and immediately went for a scan.

The Catalan giants currently sit top on 58 points, just two clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid, with Los Blancos boasting a better head-to-head record thanks to a 0-0 draw and 2-0 win.

So, Barcelona boss Quique Setien will be desperate for Messi to be at full fitness ahead of the restart while still trying to protect him to keep him fit for the remainder of the campaign.

Leo has scored 24 goals and provided 16 assists so far this term, with 19 strikes in the league.


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