Football You Missed

Football You Missed: Messi embarrasses Barcelona team-mates in training

Plus a truly unique way of protesting from the Werder Bremen fans.

 
11:00am on Tuesday 10th December 2019
By
Martin Macdonald

NO ONE IS SAFE FROM MESSI

It must, on the very rare occasion, be frustrating to be a team-mate of Lionel Messi as every single game you are reminded of your own mortality and mediocrity compared to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner. It turns out that it doesn't just happen every game, but apparently ever day, as this clip of Messi absolutely tearing up a small-sided game in training shows. After sending a couple of opponents away for a hot dog with his close control, and a couple of nifty finishes, he chips the ball over possibly the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment, Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

BOLD BREMEN FANS

In modern football, just about everything is for sale, from shirt sponsors to 'official' sofa or cosmetics partners. One of the most polarising aspects of this has been the trend to sell naming rights for stadiums, with most clubs having a sponsor instead of a traditional name nowadays. Werder Bremen fans, however, weren't having any of it. After real estate company WohnInvest bought the naming rights to the Weserstadion, the supporters responded by draping a large black sheet directly in front of the directors' box of the company so that they couldn't watch a recent match.

FUTSAL FANATICS

Argentine football fans are some of the most passionate, partisan, and yes, crazy football fans on earth, with their fervour for the game usually unrivalled. Incredible tifo displays with fireworks, ticker tape, and insane levels of noise are nothing new, but what about this kind of support...at a futsal game? Step up, Newell's Old Boys!

NOT YOU TIEMOUE! *FACEPALM*

Tiemoue Bakayoko had his own Mario Balotelli training bib incident this weekend in Monaco's game against Amiens as he appeared to forget his own shirt number after trudging off expecting to be substituted. Not only does he notice the fourth official's board with the correct number, continue to walk forward, but also looks around as if to say "Who has made an arse of this?"

It's you, Tiemoue. The Chelsea loanee was formerly number 14 for Monaco, but is now number six in his second stint with the club.

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