It was fiery Milan derby as Inter defeated their rivals 2-1, but that was not all. Two top players squared off during the game, it what is now the major highlight of the match.
Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic got into some serious fight in tonight’s Milan derby – with the Belgian wanting to fight his opposite number at half-time.
It all started when Lukaku took exception to a foul by Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli. Ibrahimovic stepped in and squared up to the furious Belgian, with the pair going head to head while exchanging heated words.
They had to be separated by both sets of players and were booked for their actions.
But as the teams made their way to the tunnel for half-time, Lukaku had not calmed down whatsoever and wanted to fight the Swede.
He could clearly be heard by the on-pitch microphone saying to the Swede: “Well let’s go inside you b*tch!”, in an invitation to engage in a further confrontation in the tunnel.
Watch the video below;
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku went head-to-head 😳 pic.twitter.com/8U7nMpH4kH
— Goal (@goal) January 26, 2021
It’s worth remembering these two were teammates at Manchester United for a brief period but there was a clear disdain for one another tonight.
Ibrahimovic scored the opener in the 31st minute but ended up being sent off in the second half following a clumsy challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov earning him a second yellow.
Messi breaks Barcelona appearance record, scores twice to celebrate
Lionel Messi celebrated a record-breaking 768th appearance for Barcelona with two goals as the Spanish giants thrashed Real Sociedad 6-1 in La Liga.
The king of the Nou Camp will become a free agent this summer when his contract expires, but his statistics for the famous club may never be beaten.
The 33-year-old only drew level with former team-mate, Xavi, during the week.
Messi has now claimed the outright record, after he started against Real Sociedad marking his 768th for the club.
He had surpassed Xavi earlier in the season on Barca’s list of appearance-makers in La Liga alone.
But the game against Real Sociedad takes him to the top of matches played in all competitions.
Of the previous 767 games, Messi’s record stands at won 536, drawn 140 and lost 91.
Less than three months into 2021, Messi has already scored 15 goals in the 12 games he has played. And with another El Clasico on the horizon following the international break, the playmaker will be looking to top up his tally of 26 goals in all competitions against rivals Real Madrid – the most any player has scored in the fixture.
You know you can’t leave’ – Laporta to Messi
New Barcelona president Joan Laporta has made a direct plea to Lionel Messi to stay at he Spanish side as he celebrated his inauguration.
Laporta and Messi, who were both part of Barca’s golden age in the first decade of the 21st century, were pictured embracing prior to the new president’s speech.
And a significant part of the address was aimed directly at the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who last summer demanded predecessor Josep Bartomeu let him leave.
“In our first spell we had the best players in Barca history, but if we were successful it was because we had stability,” Laporta explained.
“It is Barcelona’s unity which gives you stability and I invite everyone at Barcelona to think about what they can do for Barca.
“I am here to make decisions, like convincing Leo to carry on, taking advantage of the fact that he is here. He knows that.
“You know the affection I hold for you and we will do whatever it takes to keep you here. You know you cannot leave, Leo.
“We will not be able to do it alone. As our anthem says, we are strong all together. More so in these most difficult times. We know how to do it.
“When the pandemic is over our revenue will return. That will be fixed. There will be strong leadership, because I am well-accompanied. We will make decisions. To defend the club you have to live and breathe it and we do that as much as possible.”
Timo Werner to leave Chelsea FC
Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, will leave the club at the end of this season, Football Insider reports.
He has had a bumpy start to his Chelsea career with goals hard to come by for the Germany international.
Werner arrived at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig last summer with a reputation as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers following an impressive campaign.
He scored an impressive 34 goals for the Bundesliga outfit in all competitions last term and was expected to set the Premier League alight while taking the Blues from pretenders to contenders.
But he has scored only five times in the Premier League in 27 appearances.
The Germany international has improved slightly after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January.
This past week, he was heard being berated by Tuchel from the touch-line for his positioning.
It is now believed Werner could consider leaving the Blues after this season.