Just as Messi, Coutinho and co. were about to get underway in search of the league and cup double against Valencia, eagle eyes caught the incident.
These things happen. It's a piece of material so it can always tear. Or were there more mystical powers at play as the Barcelona fans' tifo split in two ahead of the Copa del Rey final?
Big split in Barça message
The stage was set in Real Betis' home ground the Benito Villamarin in Seville for the 2019 final. Ernesto Valverde led out his LaLiga champions as they went in search of a domestic double, in a bid to erase, at least in part, the Champions League nightmare of Anfield. Valencia stood in their way, and Marcelino had his side primed to spoil the party.
As the fans welcomed their heroes onto the pitch a huge tifo rolled out by the Catalan fans which read, “Tots Units” (translated as 'All together'). But the message broke down the middle allowing some to point to potential fractures in the squad.