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'Messi called me a donkey'

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Pin Milner clashed with Messi. AFP
Milner clashed with Messi. AFP

'Messi called me a donkey'

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James Milner has revealed that Lionel Messi insulted him in Spanish during their Champions League semi-final first leg.

During the first half, James Milner ran to the sideline while Lionel Messi tried to get away from Henderson and tackled the Argentine to prevent him from progressing up-field. Of course, Messi fell to the ground in a dramatic fashion.

The origin of this foul dates back several years. In 2015, in a Barcelona-City clash, when Milner was playing for City, Messi ridiculed Milner with a stratospheric turn.

A play seen thousands of times before and for which Milner has claimed revenge four seasons later. Liverpool fell 3-0, Anfield came from behind and the Reds devastated Barcelona with a legendary 4-0.

Milner now reveals that Messi did not take the foul well.

"He was giving me plenty in Spanish going down the tunnel at half-time. 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.

"I asked him if he was alright, but he wasn't having it. I don't think he realised that I understood his Spanish".

Milner then proceeded to explain that Messi had told him, "That foul you did, that's because I nutmegged you".

The Liverpool midfielder continued to explain that Messi was a tough player to face and that he only has "admiration for him".

Del caño de Messi a la falta de Milner

 

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