Sergio Aguero played the role of peacemaker to diffuse a tunnel incident involving Lionel Messi after Manchester City’s victory over Barcelona.

The striker, an international team-mate and close friend of Messi, stepped in to calm his fellow Argentine down in the aftermath of City’s 3-1 success in the Champions League.

Spanish media suggested an altercation took place as the two teams left the Etihad Stadium pitch, with a City player making a remark to Messi which led to the Barca man calling him an ‘imbecile’.

Messi then shouted ‘stupid, stupid, come here!’ outside the home dressing room as someone inside mocked him, prior to Aguero’s intervention.

Barcelona matchday delegate Carlos Naval picked up the baton, shouting: ‘Show your face’ to the unidentified voice.Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action on Tuesday

Aguero, however, suggested it was a heat-of-the-moment incident and played down its significance.

‘Whenever you lose you’re not very happy,’ the City forward said. Messi is reported to have been involved in a heated exchange after the Champions League tie

‘I saw him there, he was feeling bad. I know him well enough to know when he’s bad, when he’s good. But when you lose, nobody’s good.Messi fired Barcelona into the lead midway through the first half at the Etihad StadiumThe Argentinian is flanked by police as he makes his way through Manchester Airport



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