As featured on NewsNow: Football news

STUNNER! Messi REJECTED Barcelona coach Enrique substitution

Lionel Messi refused to be substituted by Barcelona coach Luis Enrique during victory over Eibar.AS says Barca coach Luis Enrique, at 3-0, wanted to replace Messi with Munir El Haddadi on 76 minutes and gestured to the Argenntine to come off.

But Messi blanked the coach's orders and in the end Enrique took off Neymar for Munir.

Asked about the row, Enrique confirmed: "I have to evaluate everything, but I trust my feelings of what I said and how it is. Throughout the season rest is important, but I think it is a special moment for the team and for him.

"Sometimes I look on from the sidelines and say how lucky we are to have Messi."

 For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: @tribalfootball

Video of the day:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free