Lionel Messi is one of the most popular and lovable football players in the world. He is known for his football skills, art to play with ball and scoring capabilities. Apart from this, he doesn’t associate with controversies and rarely you’ll find him breaking rules and regulations whether he is ON the field or OFF the field.
But do you know once Lionel Messi received red card? Yes it’s true, Argentina’s super star Messi got red card when he played first match for country in 2005. Argentina was facing Hungary in an international friendly match on 17 August, 2005. In that match, 18-year old teenager Messi was given red card by the referee Markus Merk.
Messi played that match as a substitute player and he entered on the field in the 63rd minute of the game. Within 2 minutes of spare time, future football star was sent off the field as referee Merk claimed that he had allegedly elbowed Hungary defender Vilmos Vanczak who was tugging Messi’s shirt. Vanczak was given yellow card for tugging the shirt. After this incident, later it was reported that Leo was found sobbing in the dressing room.
This was the only occasion when Lionel Messi was given red card in a football match.