According to Marca, the Real Madrid squad is “quite angry” with Leo Messi in relation to the player’s behavior both on and off the pitch. Incidents in Wednesday night’s ‘El Clásico’ clash proved to be the last straw for Xabi Alonso, who reproached the Argentine star on the field at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium on several occasions.
However, the matter did not end on the field of play. Spanish website Punto Pelota revealed that the four-time Ballon d’Or winner went to the players’ car park in the Bernabéu in search of Álvaro Arbeloa after the game. Messi launched a tirade of insults at the Real defender – calling him “stupid”, to name but one – leaving the full-back completely shocked. Arbeloa’s wife, Carlota – who is expecting a baby – was with the Spain international and was also astonished: “What’s his problem?” she asked her husband, according to witnesses at the scene. A Barcelona member of staff had to be called to take Messi to the team coach.
La Sexta television and La Cope radio also reported another incident involving the Barça goal-machine and another member of the Real setup - Aitor Karanka, which occurred in the tunnel to the changing rooms. The player is believed to have said to the Madrid assistant coach: “What are you looking at? Shut up. You’re just Mourinho’s puppet”.