Think you're having a bad day at the office? It could be worse - you could be journalist Javier Gómez Matallana, of Spanish newspaper AS.
Understandably the journalist was more than a little bemused, so Alba helpfully clarified: "Yes, yes - next time. I'm warning you."
That would have been bewildering enough - except when the Spain squad boarded their flight home, Matallanas got another verbal volley from the full-back, who apparently accused him of being a "grass".
Jordi Alba threatened a journalist? I guess you could say this was his most defensive performance of the World Cup.
Perhaps it wouldn't be so bad if Matallanas knew what he'd done to trigger such rage. The confused reporter told a Spanish radio station: "I have no idea why. I have not written anything about him. I don’t remember writing anything about him at all."
Imagine what Alba would have said if Matallanas HAD had a pop at him...
- Jordi Alba