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Barcelona Star Lionel Messi’s Sterling Fair Play Moment

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Messi told the referee he was not fouled during the Osasuna match

CA Osasuna v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Not only did Lionel Messi score a brace - including a ludicrous goal - but he also showed why he is so universally admired for his standard of fair play during Barcelona’s 3-0 win against Osasuna.

Messi dribbled towards the opposition goal when Miguel Ángel de las Cuevas closed in on him. Messi slipped and fell when the defender was near him, and it might have looked like a trip on the Argentine star and a free kick in a dangerous position.

But Messi, as soon as he fell, turned around and wagged his finger “no” towards referee Juan Martínez Munuera, indicating he was not fouled.

No foul was called, as it should be. If only players were always this honest!

Here’s a gif version: