The Argentina star pulled up in discomfort after shrugging off pressure from Atletico captain Diego Godin early in the second half. Messi attempted to play on but was eventually substituted for Arda Turan.
Diego Simeone has still never beaten Barcelona in the league but he won’t let that spoil his journey back to the Spanish capital. This 1-1 draw was Barca at times at their brilliant best but it was also Atletico telling the world they’re not going anywhere either.
Sergio Ramos was the hero and the villain for Real Madrid as they failed to break Pep Guardiola’s record of 16 consecutive wins with Barcelona in 2010-11, ending their own run on the same number after a draw with Villarreal.
The centre-back gave away a penalty at the end of the first half before levelling the scores in the second, but his team could not find a late winner despite throwing the kitchen sink at the Yellow Submarine in the final stages.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale continue to look sharp in training as they prepare for a shot at history with Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Ronaldo missed the victory at Espanyol on Sunday with flu and Bale was rested after complaining about a hip problem but both players are available to Real head coach Zinedine Zidane for the clash with Villarreal.
The pair seemed to be in good spirits during a session at Madrid’s training ground on Tuesday, with both playing a full part under Zidane’s supervision.
Los Blancos currently top La Liga, having won each of their opening four league matches.
The Spaniard left Barca to join Arsene Wenger’s side five years, but could become the latest in a long line to return to the Catalan giants after moving away.
The defender has become a first-team fixture at the Emirates Stadium and has made his international debut after coming through the feted La Masia academy system.
And speaking in Sport, Barca vice-president, Jordi Mestre confirmed that Bellerin could follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Denis Suarez in returning to the Nou Camp.
With Barcelona second on nine points, and Atletico one point behind in fourth, neither can afford a slip up as Zinedine Zidane’s side host Villarreal the same night.
And Barcelona coach Enrique promised a ‘gripping’ match as he spoke in a press-conference on Tuesday.
Valencia have fired head coach Pako Ayestaran after the team started the season with four straight La Liga defeats from their opening four games. The announcement came two days after Valencia lost 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao, a result that left the club rock bottom of the La Liga table.
The club said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision was made ‘after analysing the current sporting situation and results.’
“Following the meeting held today by the board of directors, Valencia CF have decided to relieve Coach Pako Ayestaran from his office,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
The rumors have been circulating for a while that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone will become the new Inter manager in 2018..
Those rumors were given an added boost on Thursday when Atletico Madrid announced that they had taken the unusual step of reducing the Argentine’s contract by two years, with his current deal now set expire in 2018.
The change underlines Simeone’s desire to bring to an end what will have been a seven-year stay at the club. Simeone is already Spain’s longest serving manager by a distance and having won five trophies with Atletico and taken them to two European Cup finals he has already secured his place in the club’s history as one of its greatest coaches.
Sevilla have now gone 300 minutes without scoring at the Juventus Stadium but this was a valuable point for Jorge Sampaoli’s team away to the Italian champions.
Having played a goalless 120 minutes against Benfica in the 2014 UEFA Europa League final and lost 2-0 here to Juve last season, Sevilla might have been forgiven for a touch of trepidation but their tactical plan involved pressing Gianluigi Buffon so that Juve could not play out from the back.
That set the tone as Sevilla sought to regain possession quickly, although the game’s best chance came when the tables were turned. Sami Khedira won the ball and quickly found Dani Alves; Gonzalo Higuaín’s header rattled the bar.
Cristiano Ronaldo marked his 350th game in a Real Madrid shirt by saving their blushes with a late free-kick against Sporting Lisbon to help them stage a late comeback and win a game they looked like losing.
Ronaldo’s strike cancelled out the visitors’ 46th minute opener and when Alvaro Morata headed in James Rodriguez’ cross with the last move of the game, Zinedine Zidane’s team had somehow taken all three points from a match they struggled in throughout.