Two Bayer Leverkusen
players will have to auction off Barcelona shirts they got from
Lionel Messi in a 3-1 Champions League defeat on Tuesday after
sports director Rudi Voller said they were too enthusiastic in
their quest for a souvenir.
Defender Michal Kadlec, who scored the Germans' only goal in
their round of 16 first leg defeat, had sought the Argentine
player's top at half-time but was beaten to it in the tunnel by
fellow defender Manuel Friedrich, resulting in the two exchanging a few heated words.
Kadlec then got Messi's shirt at the end of the match, much
to the irritation of Voller.
Messi, the world footballer of the year, is having another
spectacular season, scoring Barca's third goal on Tuesday to
make it 25 goals in his last 24 Champions League matches for the
"I can guarantee you that these two players will auction off
the tops for a good cause," Voller told Bild newspaper on
"What they did was too much of a good thing. I have not yet
spoken with them but I will do it," the 1990 World Cup winner
Leverkusen have only a slim chance of advancing when they
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