Bernardo Silva posted a picture of Manchester City teammate Benjamin Mendy, comparing him to the controversial mascot of Spanish chocolate brand, Conguitos.
Silva published the ill-judged photo on Sunday afternoon, a day after Pep Guardiola's side destroyed Watford 8-0, Silva himself bagging a hat-trick in the process.
Mendy made his Man City return after another injury lay-off, but the news surrounding the Frenchman will be focussed on the photo which his Portuguese teammate publicly shared on Twitter.
Silva compared a photo of the France International as a child with the brand logo of chocolate confectionary company Conguitos with the caption 'Guess who?' followed by a couple of laughing emojis.
Conguitos, a brand popular in Spain and Portugal but not in the UK, is often the subject of criticism over its insensitive logo.
😂😂😂 1-0👏🏾 for you will see— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) September 22, 2019
The original tweet received some heavy criticism in the comments section regarding a lack of cultural sensitivity and racist connotations on Silva's behalf, and the former Monaco star deleted his tweet and responded to the backlash.
Can’t even joke with a friend these days... You guys... 🤦🏻♂️— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) September 22, 2019
It wasn't the first time that the pair have been involved in a media storm. Silva previously posted a video on his Instagram story mocking Mendy, saying he'd 'just seen a World Cup champion completely naked', before greeting the Frenchman who was dressed all in black.
Racism has become a topic of deep discussion within the footballing world in recent times, with many of the world's stars suffering abuse from the stands and on social media platforms such as Twitter.