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19th Apr 2017

Watch Lionel Messi’s sickening face plant against Juventus

Thankfully, he was able to continue

JOE

Thankfully, Lionel Messi was able to play on.

He and his Barcelona teammates were eyeing another miraculous comeback on Wednesday night, with Juventus arriving at the Camp Nou with a three goal lead after the first leg in Turin.

The first half had been a frustrating one for Barca. Juve, unlike PSG a few weeks ago, had been defensively solid offering very little in the way of clear cut chances for the home side to exploit.

With only a couple of minutes of the half to play, Messi’s attempts to challenge Miralem Pjanić in the air resulted in him planting face first into the turf. As the footage of the incident shows, it certainly could have been nasty.

https://twitter.com/SlXLACK/status/854783777440231424

The Argentine did however manage to get back to his feet and continue, by which time Twitter was full of unsympathetic tweets about his tumble.

https://twitter.com/WCPRANGERS/status/854782421480472576

And naturally, it was enough to bring out the odd Photoshop effort…

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