Lionel Messi was clearly enraged with Jamie Carragher when the Liverpool legend praised Cristiano Ronaldo above him and questioned his performance at Paris Saint-Germain.
Carragher said that the Argentine called him a donkey in a direct message on social media.
Carragher and his punditry partner Gary Neville were discussing the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner ahead of Watford’s match against Norwich on Friday Night Football.
On Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football early in the season, the two had a spat about who was the better player between him and Cristiano Ronaldo.
And Messi came up in conversation again as presenter Dave Jones asked them to pick their own EA Sports FIFA Team of the Year for 2021.
“No, no Messi [in my team]. I mean we had that debate at the start of the season, Ronaldo or Messi.
“I was the Messi man, he [Neville] was Ronaldo but there’s no place in either team for them.”
Then Neville interrupted, saying:
“He’s not happy with you Messi is he?”
“No he’s not happy with me at all.”
That comment prompted Jones to ask:
“I had a little pop at Ronaldo earlier in the season, didn’t think it was a great signing for United, then I said the example of Messi, I didn’t think Messi’s a great signing for PSG,” Carragher explained.
“That was on Monday Night Football wasn’t it?” questioned Jones.
“Yeah it was on Monday Night Football and I got a private message on Instagram.”
A shocked Jones said:
“From the man himself?”
“From the man himself,” Carragher affirmed. “I will not be showing private messages but he basically called me a donkey.”
The three men burst into laughter before Jones jibed:
“So he watches his football then.”
Carragher continued: “He watches Monday Night Football so hopefully he’s watching Friday Night Football as well because Lionel, I absolutely love ya.
“Greatest player of all time and compared to you I was a donkey. You know, I accept that, but you’re not getting in this team.
“You haven’t played well enough, even if you did win the Copa America in the summer. It’s not enough to leave my man Mo Salah out the team.”
Honoured to be called a donkey by the Legend Lionel Messi! @EASPORTSFIFA
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 21, 2022
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