Lionel Messi shows off the scars from Diego Carlos's horror challenge

Ouch! Lionel Messi shows off the scars from Diego Carlos’ horror challenge as he trains with Barcelona ahead of their LaLiga clash with Athletic Bilbao

  • Lionel Messi showed off his battle scars as he trained with the Barcelona squad 
  • Messi has scars on his leg following a rash challenge by defender Diego Carlos 
  • Barcelona were held to a draw by Sevilla and will be determined to bounce back 

Lionel Messi has returned to training ahead of Barcelona’s game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with the Argentina star sporting some visible scars on his leg.

Messi was the victim of a rash challenge from Sevilla defender Diego Carlos in Barcelona’s previous game.

Throughout the game, which ended 0-0, Messi often clashed with Carlos and pushed him to the ground at one stage after the Sevilla player fouled Luis Suarez. 

Lionel Messi was sporting scars on his leg following a rash challenge from Diego Carlos

Sevilla had a chance to secure all three points in the closing stages of the game, but Sergio Reguilon, who is on loan from Real Madrid, saw his shot saved. 

Barcelona are currently three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga, although Real have a game in hand.

Quique Setien’s side will be determined to return to winning ways when they take on Bilbao, who are in ninth place in LaLiga.

Messi was the victim of a rash challenge from Sevilla defender Carlos in La Liga last week

The Argentina international was fortunate to escape without an injury following the challenge

Although Messi was unable to find the net against Sevilla, he is, rather unsurprisingly, leading the race for the LaLiga golden boot with 21 strikes so far this campaign.

Messi is currently five goals ahead of his closest challenger, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. 

The Argentine needs one more goal to hit the target of 700 career goals for club and country.  




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