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.

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.”



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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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