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.
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.
‘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.