Lionel Messi labeled Jamie Carragher a “donkey” after he said the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was not a wise choice for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season.
The Argentine evidently did not take kindly to the opinion and spent no time in expressing his displeasure to the Sky Sports analyst.
‘It was on Monday Night Football, and I got a private message on Instagram,’ Carragher remarked on Friday Night Football following Watford’s 1-0 loss to Norwich at Vicarage Road.
‘From the guy himself [Messi]. I’m not going to expose private texts, but he basically called me a donkey.’
As Carragher’s co-commentator Gary Neville and presenter Dave Jones burst out laughing, the former Liverpool defender continued:
‘He [Messi] watches Monday Night Football, so hopefully he watches Friday Night Football as well, because Lionel, I adore you.’
‘You were the greatest player of all time, and I was a donkey in comparison.’ I understand, but you’re not going to make this team.
‘You haven’t played well enough, despite winning the Copa America in the summer.’ It’s not enough to leave Mo Salah out of the team.’
The former Barcelona icon may contact the Sky Sports commentator via private messaging soon after he was left off his best XI for 2021.
When Jones asked them to select their own EA Sports FIFA Team of the Year for 2021, Carragher and Neville left out Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
‘No, no Messi [in my team],’ stated the 2005 Champions League champion.
‘I mean, we had that debate at the beginning of the season, Ronaldo vs. Messi. I was Messi, and he [Neville] was Ronaldo, but neither has a position in either team.’
Messi won the Copa America with Argentina in July last year, the Albiceleste’s first major trophy in 28 years, just a month before signing as a free agent with PSG after it became clear that Barcelona couldn’t afford to keep him.
Last month, the 34-year-old won a record seventh Ballon d’Or, beating out Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.
Lionel Messi has only scored once in 11 league games for PSG, but he has five goals in five Champions League outings.