Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde rubs salt in the wounds for Barcelona by recreating Lionel Messi's ICONIC El Clasico celebrat
Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde rubs salt in the wounds for Barcelona by recreating Lionel Messi’s ICONIC El Clasico celebration after his extra-time winner sends Carlo Ancelotti’s men into the Spanish Super Cup final
- Real Madrid came out on top in a five-goal thriller vs Barcelona on Wednesday
- Federico Valverde’s extra-time strike earned Real a 3-2 victory in Saudi Arabia
- Valverde celebrated by removing his shirt and holding it aloft in front of the fans
- Lionel Messi made the celebration famous after his winner against Real in 2017
Federico Valverde bagged a dramatic extra-time winner to earn Real Madrid a 3-2 victory over Barcelona on Wednesday night – before rubbing salt in the wounds by poking fun at Lionel Messi.
Real got the better of an enthralling Spanish Super Cup semi-final against their El Clasico rivals, who twice came from behind to level proceedings on the night.
Luuk de Jong first cancelled out Vinicius Jr’s opener out in Saudi Arabia, before Ansu Fati sent the game to extra-time with seven minutes remaining after Benzema had restored Los Blancos’ lead.
Federico Valverde bagged an extra-time winner in Real Madrid’s 3-2 victory over Barcelona
However, in the end it proved third time lucky for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, as Valverde added another for them in the 98th minute to sink Barca to the point of no return.
If the late defeat alone wasn’t a bitter enough pill to swallow for the Catalans, Valverde quickly compounded their misery by recreating Messi’s iconic celebration after turning home the winner.
The Uruguayan midfielder took off his shirt and held it aloft in front of the onlooking crowd – just like Messi did after firing in his own a last-gasp winner against Real back in 2017.
Valverde then rubbed salt in the wounds by recreating Lionel Messi’s iconic celebration
Barca legend Messi famously held his shirt aloft after scoring a late winner against Real in 2017
Nevertheless, despite their eventual loss Xavi was proud of his team’s overall display amid what has been a tough season.
‘We dominated many phases, we played with some complexes,’ the Barca boss said afterwards.
‘Because of our mistakes of not stopping counterattacks, which we had discussed.
‘We leave with pride, but certainly sad about the result. A very bad feeling for the defeat, but proud for the game and for dominating the opponent.
‘We lack patience and responsibility. It’s been two months, but we’re on the right track. We need that turning point to go up’.