Messi rap for mum message
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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Tuesday fined Barcelona star Lionel Messi after the Argentine FIFA Ballon d'Or winner showed off a tee-shirt bearing a birthday message to his mother.

Media reports said the fine was believed to be between €2000 and 3000 which the RFEF deemed Messi should pay for ripping off his shirt after scoring at the weekend against Racing Santander and showing a tee-shirt emblazoned with the words "Happy Birthday Mum".

The Federation stipulates that no such slogans should be shown off. Barcelona won the match 3-0 to maintain their position as league leaders ahead of Real Madrid.