Lionel Messi: Damning Cristiano Ronaldo claim made after Barcelona | Football | Sport


That’s the controversial opinion of Piers Morgan. 

The Catalan giants threw away a commanding 3-0 advantage from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final contest as they shipped four goals at Anfield last night.

Braces from Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum – who only came off the bench at half-time to replace the injured Andy Robertson – saw Liverpool become just the fourth team to overturn a three-or-more goal deficit in a knockout tie in the competition.

That ended Lionel Messi and Barcelona’s hopes of winning the Champions League despite having appeared to put one foot in the final with their first-leg triumph.

Messi had spoken about his desire to win the competition a fifth time having watched rivals Real Madrid, inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo, lift the famous trophy in four of the previous five seasons.

Ronaldo jumped ship to Juventus in the summer and while his hopes of a fourth successive tournament win were ended by Ajax, Arsenal fan Morgan thinks Barca’s collapse would not have happened with the Portuguese superstar.

The Good Morning Britain host also sparked the classic ‘Messi vs Ronaldo’ debate as he ended the tweet with the hashtag, ‘GOAT’, to say Ronaldo is the best player of all time rather than Messi.

Morgan said: “Barcelona wouldn’t have lost that game if @Cristiano had been playing for them. Fact. #GOAT.”

Earlier in the night, Morgan had also tweeted: “Over-rated: #messi”

A shellshocked Messi was unable to affect proceedings at Anfield as Barca were overrun in all departments in the second half.

And manager Ernesto Valverde admitted the manner of the defeat was inexcusable.

It is the second straight year Barca have gone out despite owning a three-goal lead after the first leg, losing 3-0 at Roma last year after a 4-1 win to go out on away goals.

The Spanish coach said: “The scoreline was 4-0 and when that’s the case there are no excuses. 

“Their second goal hurt us massively and the third one came in straight after that. 

“They played well, and we have to congratulate them for reaching the final.”

Though both Messi and Ronaldo’s hopes of a European success ended badly, they both won their respective leagues with Barca sauntering to the La Liga title and Juve comfortably claiming an eighth straight Serie A.

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