Lionel Messi faced controversy after clashing with Uruguayan defender Mathias Olivera during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier loss to Uruguay. Amidst heated exchanges, he engaged physically, elbowing Olivera and briefly gripping his neck.
Messi’s clash ignites debates on Ronaldo comparison
Referee Wilmer Roldan surprisingly refrained from issuing cards, sparking uproar on Twitter. Comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hypothetical punishment flooded social media, with some suggesting Ronaldo would face a lengthy ban in Lionel’s place. The incident resurrected comparisons between the two sports legend.
Separately, Ronaldo’s response to his eighth Ballon d’Or victory sparked intrigue, raising discussions about whether Erling Haaland might have been a more fitting recipient due to his exceptional season with Manchester City.