WATCH: Barcelona star Lionel Messi ‘headbutts’ ex-Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Ex-Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (left) in training
Ex-Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (left) in training

This is the moment Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi appeared to headbutt ex-Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in a FRIENDLY!

The 28-year-old was booked for the incident, in which he also grabbed the throat of France international Yanga-Mbiwa.

Yanga-Mbiwa was also shown a yellow card for his part in the fracas.

Barcelon went on to win the pre-season 3-0 at the Nou Camp - with Messi scoring for the Catalan club as their preparations for their La Liga title defence continued.

Messi’s only red card came on his international debut when he retaliated two minutes after coming on as a substitute for Argentina against Hungary.