“This is an issue that I would like to clarify, because in the many reports it has been assumed that it was me who refused to greet Messi,” stated Rayo Vallecano midfielder Raul Baena.
In the Spanish La Liga pre-match handshake between Rayo Vallecano and FC Barcelona, cameras picked up on Baena and Argentinean international and Barça striker Lionel Messi failing to shake hands with each other, but both with everyone else.
“They were the visitors and were passing us by for the greeting. You can clearly see that there is hint from me to shake hands, in seeing him pass by, I retract mine.
“I do not know if he did not notice, but I do not give it any importance,” Football España quotes Raul Baena as saying.