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What happened to Messi yesterday looked like something that was planned. Should FIFA fine teams who are going out there just to stop a player from playing by deploying all the negative tactics and hacking him constantly.

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For the footballing purists out there, much of what occurred in the first half of the highly-anticipated 'El Clasico' match on Saturday night would have been taken in from behind the sofa.

Messi takes another hard shot on the ankle against Madrid.

The persistent and cynical fouling of Lionel Messi by Real Madrid's players left little to the imagination and it appears that when a football player becomes as important as Messi has for the Catalans, there is only one way to stop him.

This is not a new phenomenon, however. NBA star Shaquille O'Neill was subjected to the 'Hack a Shaq' ploy, in which opposing players would foul him before he had a chance to put the ball in the basket - forcing him to take a free throw (which he would subsequently miss).

England's cricket team adopted an extremely aggressive form of bowling to combat the great Australian batsman Don Bradman in 1932, and would attract a host of criticism for what would become known as the 'Bodyline' series.

And the greatest footballer of all time, Pele, was kicked all over the pitch in the opening game of the 1966 World Cup against Bulgaria and then badly injured in Brazil's exiting defeat to Portugal, causing him to vow that he would never play in another competition.

It is by no means the way that sport should be conducted, but when an opponent's ability is limited, ruthless aggression takes over.

Messi is the modern day equivalent of these stars from yesteryear and, as such, can expect more rough treatment for the rest of his career. The Argentine is fantastically talented, but he's tough as well and certainly has more than enough power to repel any who try and end his career early.

Reportedly wearing two sets of shinpads on either side of his stocky legs, he knows he's in for a fight every time he walks onto the pitch and seems to be made of much sterner stuff than some of his fellow professionals. Madrid's kicks certainly found their mark at the Nou Camp, but the 21-year-old still found the strength to help his side win the game with an exquisite finish in the final minute.

Ultimately, Messi should take the kicks as a sign that other clubs view him as one of the best in the world. Shaq went on to win the NBA Championship with Miami in 2006, Bradman still averaged over 50 in the Bodyline series and went on to become the greatest batsman the world has ever seen, while Pele returned in 1970 to win the World Cup with what is generally regarded to be the best football team ever.

Barcelona's shining light will find himself subjected to more abuse in the coming years, but in rising above it and finding a way to hurt the opposition more than they hurt him - he will be in exalted company.
 

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Well Sergio Ramos got booked, for one of his fouls. He will be suspended and wont play against us next week.
 

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It's Real Madrid, Calcio, don't be surprised, rather KNOW THY ENEMY. Their beloved dictator is dead, he can't administratively remove Messi from Barca and reward him to Madrid as it happened in the fifties, so what else is left for the filth of the Earth to do.
 

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Would be a shame to see Messi having to retire like Van Basten at an early age because of hacking dirt.
 

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they all got yellow cards, what more do you want?
 

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they all got yellow cards

its a game for MEN btw
 

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Its on the refree to act if he saw the incidents...so no fifa shouldn't get involved. if they dont like advise the refs of what should be done in these situations.
 

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Has nothing to do with being men...or maybe yeas if we take ina ccount that being a "men" ain't in most of the cases sthg that much to proud.

Regarding this game:

1. He wasn't hacked like Pele in the case used as example, neither like Maradona was by Gentile in 82 (that is a better example tahn the one used)
2. He was kicked hard in ocassions, but mostly tactical fouls.
3. The one to blame is the ref, he is the only one to avoid it, by using the yellow card asap or even a red one if required...even if later the entire British islands will claim "Someone" was sent off because of a soft tackle on Messi, while the whole Real fans clain they were robbed...in cases like this, is the only way to avoid not only a prticualr "marking" n some player, is the only way to avoid a festival of tatcical fouling...How amny refs do this? few...very few...

Madrid wasn't as over the top as its claim, but certainly they tried a tactic the ref allowed them to applied it.
 

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Last night went further to strengthen the Messi-Maradona link with the persistent tactical fouling and then the golazo, pure Pibe de Oro.
 

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Delighted that Madrid got destroyed. Kings of Anti-football and buying all those average Dutch players isn't going to end their fugly football anytime soon. How many points behind Barcelona?
Luvelay.
 

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they all got yellow cards
Eh? In the first 15 minutes he got kicked 3 times by 3 different players. The ref did nothing. Ramos was the first one to get yellow, but only just before the half hour mark or something.

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its a game for MEN btw
Indeed, a game for MEN, not the cowards in your side trying to not lose a game by kicking the opponent's best player off the field.

You did it last night, Ramos has been blatantly kicking Ronaldinho's leg in the past while not even pretending to try to hit the ball and 2 seasons ago Emerson shamelessly kicked Messi off the field at the Bernabeu.

Whatever happened to the proud Real Madrid? You've turned into a low and pathetic bunch relying on the tactics used by Stoke City to get a point at Anfield.
 

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Messi should play normal, like everyone else. Who the hell he thinks he is? He's got no right to put shame on defensive players like that. Dribbling them and shit.. he should be ashamed.
 

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They all got yellow cards and Messi got his revenge with a totally uncalled for foul on Gago. Plus Marques shouldn't seen his 2nd yellow card on numerous occasions, let alone his horrible tackle on Raul from behind which he didn't even get a yellow for and he even had the urge to complain about it.

Seriously what are you people expecting? Let him dribble past our defence and make sure he gets no harm? Players who depend on dribbling will always be hacked down by defenders. Its part of the game.

Both Higuain and Raul suffered horrible tackles, yet no one mentions it because its a game for men. Yet Messi whenever he's touched he just stops and complains to the referee. He's lucky Diarra wasn't there or Pepe :)
 

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they all got yellow cards

its a game for MEN btw
Then go play unlicenced boxing,why try to hack at people wanting to play football.

All this man's sport is jazz,it is an excuse puzzies give for losing and getting cynical.
 

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its the reason why football nowadays seems less technical... players are afraid of "hackers" and "destroyers" who will put their opponent's career on the line to avoid them scoring...

anyways... in an "El Classico" where one team is obviously disadvantaged you can expect them to play rough, the Arsenal vs Stoke City comparison comes in handy because its similar to Barca - Real nowadays it seems
 

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its the reason why football nowadays seems less technical... players are afraid of "hackers" and "destroyers" who will put their opponent's career on the line to avoid them scoring...
UH, it's always been like that, and as far as I know, it was much worse before, when players were sent off very rarely and no subs were allowed. Pele in 1966 being one of the most famous examples.
 

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A bit of kicking here and there is fine as long as you're not out to break someone's leg. Getting your leg broken isn't part of the game or being a man.
 

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They all got yellow cards
Ramos in the 28th minute was the first one to get a yellow for a cynical foul on Messi. Within the first 15 minutes Messi had been hacked on 3 times, by Sneijder, Drenthe and someone else. Just systematic coward acts, nothing less.

Do you think guys like Sneijder or Drenthe stamping on Messi's ankles trying to hurt him because he's a superior player are men? They were classless acts by players of a classless club nowadays.
 

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Indeed, Higuain and Raul suffered so many pushes in the backs while Messi got kicked "just" a few times in the ankles. So horrible for Higuain and Raul indeed.

BTW for those who say it's a game for men, do you understand how real men play the game? I for one don't like it when our defenders intentionally kick/hurt/hunt our opponent's forward. And I'm sure that is not how a real adult act. I know that they are professionals and they are playing to win but there's a limit to how low one can stoop.

Stop mistaking thugs for men.
 
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