The frustration must have been great.
In the Spanish Supercup final, the last minute of extra time was running and FC Barcelona were 2: 3 behind against Athletic Bilbao.
Barça made one more attempt to level to save themselves on penalties.
Off the ball, Lionel Messi tried to sprint into the box, but his opponent Asier Villalibre blocked his path.
The superstar then cleared it up in a very rude way.
Messi reached out with his arm to make room, hit Villalibre in the face with his fist, causing him to fall.
Since the assault took place away from the game, referee Jesús Gil Manzano did not notice it.
But the video conference intervened.
According to the pictures, Manzano made the right decision.
He showed Messi the red card and sent him off the field.
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The captain of FC Barcelona did not discuss and crept off the lawn, shaking his head.
Barça lost the final 2: 3 and for the first time also Messi, it was the first dismissal for the 33-year-old in the 753rd game for Barcelona.
Messi sneaks off the pitch after his red card in Seville
Source: Getty Images / Pool
Before that, both teams had a varied final.
A brace from French international Antoine Griezmann (40th / 77th minute) had put Barcelona in the lead twice.
For Athletic Bilbao, Óscar de Marcos had scored 1: 1 (42nd) before half-time, Villalibre saved Bilbao in the 90th minute with his 2-2 goal in overtime.
Barcelona are lagging behind in the league
There Inaki Williams made the decision with a dream goal.
Bilbao had already prevailed against Real Madrid in the semi-finals and has now won the Supercup three times, most recently with a win against Barcelona in 2015.
Messi apologizes after punching Villalibre
Source: AFP / CRISTINA QUICLER
For Barça, the defeat means another low point in a mixed season.
Ronald Koeman's team have already lost four games and are only third in the Primera División, seven points behind Atlético Madrid.
The league leaders have played two games less than Barça.
Messi isn't playing a great season for his standards either.
The Argentine has scored eleven goals in 17 league games, but two of them from penalties.
Still a very good rate for a striker, but far from the galactic values of the past few years.