Over the years, baby faced Lionel Messi has been painted by the media as a quiet, humble and good chap but has he been truly all those things.
While many are quick to paint Cristiano Ronaldo as the bad boy, selfish lad and egotistical footballer, many tend to forger Messi's worst deeds.
Given his four game ban for insulting the private parts of a referee's mother, La Pulga's worst moments come to mind.
Here are 7 times Messi proved to be the ultimate bad boy.
1. Serving a four game ban for insulting a referee's mother
The latest of his deeds, Messi was banned by FIFA for his full mouthed tirade at an assistant referee
2. Failing to pay his taxes
Last summer, Messi and his dad were both found guilty of tax fraud and were handed suspended 21-month prison sentences as well as receiving fine of over €1m each.
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3. Headbutting legendary footballer Darijo Srna
Back in 2009, Messi got annoyed when Shakhtar Donetsk star Darijo Srna blocked his shot and decided to headbutt him.
The referee gave the Argentina captain a yellow card for his actions.
4. Fighting Guardiola over coca-cola
Messi turned his back on manager Pep Guardiola's rules by drinking a can of Coca Cola before a match when specifically instructed not to.
5. Grabbing Yanga-Mbiwa by the throat
During a friendly between Roma and Barcelona Messi grabbed Frenchman defender Yanga-Mbiwa by the throat and escaped a red card.
6. Fighting Man City coach Mikel Arteta
When Man City defeated Barcelona in a Champions League clash earlier this season, Mikel Arteta celebrated wildly which provoked Messi who called him "stupid" before ordering him to: “go and enjoy yourself in the dressing room. Do not do this here.”
"Leo wasn’t in the mood to talk and I respect that,” Aguero said after the match.
7. The blonde hair and tattoos
Can we ask Messi why he has so many tattoos and dyes his hair blonde. His greatest rival Cristiano Ronaldo is spotless.
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