Lionel Messi mocked by Valverde who does iconic holding up shirt celebration after scoring Real winner against Barcelona

FEDERICO VALVERDE hit the winner for Real Madrid against Barcelona – then MOCKED legend Lionel Messi with his celebration.

The Uruguay international struck deep into extra-time to send Real into the Spanish Super Cup final.

Federico Valverde struck the winner for Real Madrid


Federico Valverde struck the winner for Real MadridCredit: Getty
He mocked Lionel Messi's famous shirt celebration


He mocked Lionel Messi’s famous shirt celebrationCredit: AFP

And the midfielder celebrated by mimicking one of Messi’s most famous moments.

The 23-year-old whipped off his shirt and held it aloft with his name and number facing the fans – just as Messi did at the Bernabeu back in 2017.

Fans online were quick to react to the gesture after Valverde sealed the 3-2 win.

Keerat Singh wrote on Instagram: “Every masterpiece has its cheap copy.”

Justin Gardiner wrote: “Couldn’t lace messi’s boots though”

David Badaro wrote: “It hit different when Messi did it at their home.”

And user akash_3002 added: “It wasn’t even a impressive win, went to extra time with Barca team which had players coming from injuries and covid.”

The match was being played at Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd International Stadium.

Vinicius Jr opened the scoring for Real before Luuk de Jong equalised just before half-time.

Karim Benzema then made it 2-1 to Los Blancos, but an Ansu Fati goal seven minutes before the final whistle forced extra-time.

Valverde then capitalised on a late Real breakaway to slot home the winner from close range and break Barca hearts.

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