Jamie Carragher Recounts how He Received Insulting DM from Lionel Messi

Jamie Carragher Recounts how He Received Insulting DM from Lionel Messi

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • Jamie Carragher recently gave an interesting account of how he received a nasty DM from Messi
  • The pundit said he was insulted by Messi for comparing the Argentine’s PSG transfer to Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United
  • Carragher is a huge admirer of Messi and regards the 34-year old as one of the greatest football players of all time

Jamie Carragher has revealed that Lionel Messi once referred to him as a ‘donkey’ in a furious text message.

Lionel Messi
Jamie Carragher claims he received an insulting DM from Lionel Messi. Photo by John Berry.
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This was in the wake of the explosive summer transfer window last year that saw Messi move to Paris Saint Germain and Cristiano securing a move back to Manchester United.

With discussion of the two players considered the best in football history, Carragher was not convinced of either signing and he made his sentiments public while on punditry duty.

The former Liverpool man was on duty once again on Friday, January 21 for the Watford vs Norwich game which Dean Smith’s men comfortably won 3-0.

After that game, Carragher and Gary Neville’s discussion shifted to the team of the year so far and to many’s surprise, the pundit did not include Messi in his picks.

In an exchange with presenter David Jones, Carragher ended up disclosing the details on how he came to change his stance on Messi.

“We had that debate at the start of the season, Ronaldo or Messi?
“I was the Messi man. He [Neville] was Ronaldo,” Carragher explained.
“I had a little pop at Ronaldo early in the season. I didn’t think it was a great signing for United. And I said the example of Messi. I didn’t think Messi was a great signing for PSG…”
“It was on Monday Night Football and I got a private message on Instagram…”

Asked whether the message was from Messi, Carragher went on to reveal:

“From the man himself. I will not be showing private messages, but he basically called me a donkey.”

Carragher was then asked by Jones whether he thought Messi watches his show.

“He watches Monday Night Football, so hopefully he’s watching Friday Night Football as well, because Lionel I absolutely love you. The greatest player of all time – and compared to you, I was a donkey, I accept that. But you’re not getting into this team.” The pundit added.

He went on to upload a video of the discussion on social media with the caption “Glad to have been called a donkey by the Legend Lionel Messi”.

Messi recovers from COVID

Messi is yet to play an official game in 2022 after testing positive for COVID-19 at the tail end of last year.

He recently gave an update on his health, saying his recovery took longer than usual.

The PSG star was however recently pictured in a training session, an indication that he might be match fit.

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