Watch Slavia Prague defender Hovorka’s epic celebration after successfully tackling Messi


LIONEL MESSI is at some times so unstoppable that even getting near him seems impossible.

Which makes it all the more understanding that Slavia Prague defender David Hovorka celebrated wildly after he successfully tackled the Barcelona captain.

The 26-year-old managed to keep pace with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi as the Argentine broke dangerously into the box.

Hovorka then performed an expertly-timed slide tackle to knock the ball out of play but it was his reaction that got fans talking.

In a stance reminiscent of Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the Czech star leapt back to his feet and roared in excitement at the Barca icon.

Hovorka then unbelievably had another moment of magic against the 32-year-old as he whipped out a slick drag back against the forward in the second half.

Twitter user Jack Robinson posted the clip and said that it was the “exact moment a Slavia Prague player sent Messi back to Newell Old Boys.”

This prompted a response from Slavia Prague’s English account, who replied with a simple message alongside a winking face emoji: “His name was David Hovorka.”

However, as is always the case, Messi had the last laugh as the Argentine struck for the 15th successive season in the Champions League to open the scoring in a 2-1 win.

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He also had a hand in Barcelona’s winner after his free-kick found Luis Suarez, which led to the Uruguayan’s cross-shot deflecting off Slavia winger Peter Olayinka in the back of the net.

The hilarious exchange was similar to last year’s Champions league when Joshua Kimmich paid for screaming in Sadio Mane’s face in the last-sixteen first-leg 0-0.

But the Senegalese star emerged victorious by scoring twice in the return fixture as Liverpool beat Bayener Munich 3-1 on route to lifting the trophy.

Slavia Prague defender David Hovorka was involved in a fierce battle with Lionel Messi
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