Messi was understandably frustrated as Liverpool stormed past FC Barcelona to qualify for the final of UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool trounced FC Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield in the semi-finals of UEFA Champions League and turned around a three-goal deficit and qualified for the finals. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who had scored twice in the first leg, could not help his club at Anfield as they succumbed to an embarrassing defeat.
Now, Liverpool player James Milner has revealed that Lionel Messi wasn’t happy during the game and called him ‘burro’. “He wasn’t happy. He was giving me plenty in Spanish going down the tunnel at half-time as well. He was calling me ‘burro’.
It translates as ‘donkey’, but I think it’s also used in Spanish football as a general term for someone who goes around kicking people.” Milner told The Mail on Sunday
“I asked him if he was all right, but he wasn’t having it. I don’t think he realised I understood his Spanish. He said: ‘That foul you did, that’s because I nutmegged you’. I left him to it at that point and went into the changing room,” the player added.
Milner also that Lionel Messi is an incredible player and he has got only admiration for the Argentine superstar. He said, “Look, I’ve only got admiration for him. He has earned the right to say what he wants,” he explained.
The stuff he did in that game, stuff he has done his whole career, it makes him tough to play against. If you try and stop him, you can’t be scared of being made to look foolish.”
“I’ve done it. I’ve been nutmegged by him and it has been viewed a million times. I wasn’t the first and I won’t be the last. He’s an incredible player. But with players like that, you have to let them know you’re there and not let them have everything their own way.
You just need to try to disrupt their rhythm. You don’t want to hurt him but it’s a physical game and, if he’s running the game, you try and knock him out of his stride. It’s part of the game, the mental side,” he further added.
Messi was left helpess at Anfield by Liverpool. Their victory against Barcelona was really incredible. Not many had predicted Liverpool would indeed overcome the deficit and qualify. When they face Tottenham Hotspur in the final, they will be hoping to end their extraordinary season with the biggest prize; the UEFA Champions League.