Barcelona's legendary striker and Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi came up with the most dubious act of his career at the club and was handed a red card for the same. As a result, he has now been given a two-match ban for the same.

It all happened on Tuesday when Barca was up against Athletic Bilbao during the Spanish Super Cup final. As the Catalans were trailing 3-2 in the closing stages extra time, Messi swung his arm at opponent striker, Asier Villalibre. Upon being checked by the Video Assistant Referee, he was handed a red card. As Barca lost the game, on-field referee Gil Manzano reckoned that Messi had used excessive force to hit his opponent, while the ball was nowhere near him.

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It happened to be his first red card at the club. To date, Messi has played 785 games at Barca, scoring record 659 goals. Meanwhile, the competition's committee also handed him a two-match ban for the same, reports AP.

Initially, he was even staring at a 12-game suspension. However, since the incident did not look as severe, he managed to walk away with just a couple. He is scheduled to miss the Copa del Rey's away tie against Cornellà, followed by the La Liga clash, away to Elche.

Watch the video of the Messi's red card here: