Lionel Messi and Pepe are far from friends – judging from how volatile things get whenever the pair meet on the pitch.
During a Clasico back in 2014, Messi and Pepe were caught on camera having a verbal exchange. Fans wondered what was being said in the conversation.
According to Catalan Daily Sport, the Portuguese defender bragged about Messi being “scared of playing him”.
“Against me you always s*** yourself,” Pepe reportedly said to the Barca icon.
Messi’s reply was cold: “What are you talking about? I always score against you!”
That game ended 4-3 in Barca’s favour with Messi grabbing a hat-trick.
Two years before that meeting, Pepe’s infamous stamp on Messi made headlines in Spanish media.
The Real Madrid libero later apologized saying the stamp was ‘unintentional’.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I was scoring more than Messi. He went to Pep and said ‘I want to play in the centre’
In his autobiography, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wrote about his time at Barcelona and how he challenged Lionel Messi’s position at the club, stating: “Messi started saying things. Lionel Messi is amazing.
He’s totally amazing. He joined Barca when he was 13.
“He was brought up in that culture and doesn’t have a problem with that school crap.
But now I was there, and I was scoring more goals than him
“He went to Guardiola and said: ‘I don’t want to be on the right-wing any more, I want to play in the centre.’ I was the striker.
“Guardiola didn’t give a damn about that, though. He changed the tactical formation. Guardiola had to listen to him. But I mean, come on, I had scored loads of goals at Barca and I’d been pretty awesome as well.”
Zlatan had his share of problems with Pep Guardiola during his one and only season at Barca – where he scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for the club.
Antonio Conte: ‘Hakimi is w * * at penalties, everyone must die before he takes one for Inter’
Achraf Hakimi was instrumental in the 1-0 win over Verona as he registered an assist for Matteo Darmian.
The Moroccan came close to scoring with a beautifully taken free-kick but the ball hit the crossbar.
Antonio Conte was obviously in a good mood after the game as Inter came one step closer to the Serie A title and joked about Achraf.
“Hakimi shoots well from afar, but the most important thing is that he doesn’t take penalties,” he told Sky Sports.
“He won’t ever take one, everyone else has to die before he does.
He’s really a wank at taking them, worse than me back when I played. But he can really grow much more.”