The Catalan giants took the lead at the Etihad Stadium on matchday four through Messi, after the 29-year-old finished off a slick counter-attack involving Luis Suarez and Neymar.
However, a stray pass from Sergi Roberto led to Ilkay Gundogan’s equaliser, before Kevin De Bruyne’s stunning free-kick and the former’s second made it 3-1 to the hosts.
However, COPE report that the night ended in rather sour circumstances, with Messi being spoken to by an unnamed Manchester City player as they walked off the pitch.
The aforementioned report then reveals that Messi is thought to have responded by saying “come here and show your face”, before attempting to go into Manchester City’s changing room to confront the player(s).
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or is said to have been calmed down by compatriot and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who holds a close relationship with the star forward.