Lionel Messi has shirt literally ripped off by Francis Coquelin during Copa del Rey tie for Barcelona

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Pep Guardiola has been making a lot of noise recently about the rough treatment his talented Manchester City players come in for. But nothing compares to what the most gifted player on the planet has to put up with. Lionel Messi was the focus of come incredibly rough treatment during Barcelona’s Copa del Rey tie with Valencia. With the sides meeting in the second leg of their semi-final clash at the Mestalla, the five-time Ballon d’Or holder was clearly targeted. MORE: FOOTBALL Ed Woodward reveals Alexis Sanchez has helped Manchester United set new club record Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Tottenham v Arsenal Deal close: Arsenal star set to agree new long-term deal after Ozil signs contract Late in the first half he had his shirt literally ripped off his back by Francis Coquelin. The former Arsenal player, who joined Valencia just last month, was involved in a tangle with the Argentinean and somehow managed to yank his opponent’s jersey over his head in the process. Messi and Coquelin tangle Somehow Coquelin gets his shirt over his head Messi looked stunned The Barcelona forward appeared even more shocked when Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech wiped him out as he came out to punch the ball. Messi was waiting for the ball to drop Domenech came flying out And Messi was flattened Ouch.

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