A savage foul by Sergio Ramos on Lionel Messi when Real Madrid played against Barcelona in 2010 led Messi to respond with one of the coldest moments of his career.
The game was Real’s ultimate humiliation: a 5-0 La Liga defeat in Jose Mourinho’s debut season at the helm of the squad that wiped out their unbeaten start to the season in devastating style against their biggest rivals .
Messi ran the show and, as he dribbled Madrid’s defense in search of a sixth goal, Ramos swung his leg back and brutally threw Barca’s No.10 into the air, earning himself a Red card.
But Messi had the last word. After receiving treatment on the pitch, he walked very slowly to the sidelines, deliberately looking up at the Camp Nou scoreboard showing the score of 5-0: right in front of a watching Cristiano Ronaldo and towards a Mourinho with the stone face on the bench. Ice cream.
The moment, captured in all its glory on this Tweeter, summed up the incredible end of a remarkable game as Ramos shoved international teammate Carles Puyol in the face as Barcelona players swarmed angrily around him.
Ramos, who has had many battles with Barca in his 16 trophy-filled years with Real, had clearly had enough on that demoralizing night and just bumped roughly into Messi to earn his expulsion.
However, the then 23-year-old Messi had already helped embarrass Real on the pitch and now he was rubbing salt into the wound in the closing seconds of the game with his backlash as he slowly left the pitch to replace his Shin guard. the sideline.
Messi didn’t actually score on the night as Xavi, Pedro, David Villa (twice) and Jeffren did damage to Pep Guardiola’s side. But he recorded two assists and parted Real’s defense with his skills.
Ramos had had enough in the end, but he would also have his successes against Barca at a time when clearly the two best teams on the planet faced each other regularly in La Liga, Cup and Champions League.
With Ramos leaving Real this summer, more of this golden age is coming to an end.
Although it is a moment, the center-back will not be cherished as he remembers the many memorable games he appeared in for Los Blancos.