Weligton: Messi called me a ‘son of a bitch’
Malaga defender, Weligton was the antagonist of the evening in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Barcelona after he was seen grabbing four-time Ballon d’Or winner, Leo Messi’s face, but the Brazilian-born defender stated that he was provoked by the Argentine, who called him a ‘son of a bitch (hijo de puta).’
In his post-match interview, Weligton shed light on the incident, which lit up social media in a frustrating night for the Blaugrana.
“Messi called me a son of a bitch.”
The incident at the height of frustration for Barcelona where Messi confronted the defender after two got into it in a set-piece play and when Messi confronted Weligton, his hand came up and grabbed Messi, who fell to the ground.
Weligton was given a yellow, as was Gerard Pique for rushing to the defence of his La Masia teammate, while the Brazilian defender explained the situation afterwards.
“It was a play where I tried to make the wall, I blocked him and unintentionally touched his face. It wasn’t intentional. He then went looking for me and said to me, ‘hijo de puta.’ That’s when I grabbed his face. These are things that stay on the pitch.
“Criticism from the media? I don’t care, I only care about those that know me. Those who know me, know who I am, I don’t really care about the rest.”
Weligton then spoke about the actual match and his side’s surprising draw with an undefeated Barcelona.
“We tried to put in practice what we’ve been doing in training these past two days, we put pressure, we had scoring chances and we could’ve scored. We’re happy with the way we played and we’ve confidence for our upcoming matches. We knew it was going to be difficult. We all had to work together, 90 minutes of running and fighting.”