Sergi Roberto reportedly 'cried in the dressing room' after he was hauled off during Barcelona's 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The Spanish midfielder, 29, started the game at right-wing-back but suffered a torrid time in the Champions League Group E match.
He was consistently targeted – and beaten – by the left-side of Bayern's attack, with former Manchester City winger Leroy Sane and the exciting Alphonso Davies both enjoying considerable success.
Roberto's performance didn't go down well with the home fans, who jeered and booed their own player up until, and including, when he was substituted in the 59th minute with Barcelona 2-0 down.
Spanish outlet AS revealed that the under-fire midfielder broke down in tears in the dressing room, despite the support of his team-mates, notably Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets.
Pique was quick to defend Roberto after the match, saying he was "hurt" to hear the jeers directed at his compatriot and explaining how he was playing in an unnatural position.
"It hurts me a lot personally because I know this person, he’s a spectacular human being and he loves this club more than anybody," Pique told Movistar.
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"I’d like to remind people also that he’s not a full-back… he’s a central player, a midfielder. He’s made a sacrifice to play this position and he’s done it phenomenally many times.
"It hurts a lot but the people are free to voice their opinions but if you ask me personally, it hurts a lot."
Irrespective of Roberto's individual performance, it was another chastening evening for Barcelona in the Champions League as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat without even managing a shot on target.
It's the first time that has happened since at least the 2003-04 season.
The only positive news for Ronald Koeman is that the other two teams in the group – Benfica and Dynamo Kiev – played out a 0-0 draw, to help Barcelona's chances of progression.
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