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Hilarious Footage of Drunk Lionel Messi Surfaces Amidst Jack Grealish’s Celebrations
- Jack Grealish has been in party mode since Manchester City won the Champions League on Saturday
- Videos of the England international in his element have rocked the internet as the parties hit fever pitch
- Lionel Messi had a similar mad moment in 2009 after winning the treble with Barcelona
Jack Grealish is on a different planet at the moment. And you really can't blame him. Winning the Champions League is not something many professional footballers have a chance of doing during their careers.
Grealish's Manchester City won their maiden title after beating Inter Milan in Istanbul on June 10. The slender 1-0 win was significant as it allowed them to replicate the successes of the Manchester United squad of 1999 as the only English teams to win a treble.
Then came the celebrations. If there is anything Grealish has taken seriously during his time in the limelight, it's that he takes celebrations and parties seriously.
Inside Jack Grealish's celebrations
Numerous videos of the former Aston Villa captain dancing bare-chested and imbibing beer have rocked the internet. By his own admission, he hasn't slept at all. And why should you when you are the Champion of Europe?
From Istanbul, a part of the squad flew to Ibiza before attending the title parade in Manchester, with Grealish leading the celebrations all through.
After his videos last year, not many were surprised by his antics as he provided comical relief to fans on social media.
Lionel Messi went on the same 'rampage' in 2009 and footage from his drunken stupor offers great viewing. For starters, Messi is football's poster boy of humility and laid-back character. The Argentine is known for many things but being vocal and 'rowdy' are not one of them.
But even the great ones have their mad moments.
Lionel Messi in 2009
After Barcelona won the Champions League in 2009, the then 22-year-old let loose and chose to revel in the moment properly. It was in the 2008/2009 season that Messi took his game to the next level by starring in an all-mighty Barcelona side.
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He was yet to win a Ballon d'Or at that time but had finished in the top three places, had two La Liga titles and a Champions League medal by then.
Pep Guardiola had just taken over the reins at Camp Nou and empowered Messi in a false 9 role in between Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o. Messi starred in a season when the Blaugrana won the first treble of a Spanish side that culminated in a Champions League final win over Manchester United in Rome.
The open-air bus parade unleashed a Messi, who was keen on celebrating the successes of the season. Footage from the night shows Messi stumbling on the aisle of the bus, swaying side by side, understandably feeling the effects of doing a tad too many.
He was later handed the microphone to address the crowd and an otherwise shy Messi got the confidence to speak - though what he said remains a mystery as he mumbled some gibberish in his drunken stupor.
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The now seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has never provided another moment like that, not even when he won the most important title of his career in 2022 - the World Cup.
At that time, he was young and arguably from the season that changed how the world viewed him as a player. Grealish is nowhere near Messi's levels, but you are inclined to understand their modes of celebration.
After all, hard work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Jack Grealish carried by Kyle Walker
Sports Brief has also reported that Photos of Kyle Walker carrying a drunk Jack Grealish during Manchester City's Champions League celebrations emerged on social media.
Both players played a pivotal part in City's successful 2022/23 campaign that saw them secure a historic treble under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.
The English giants beat Arsenal and rivals Man United to the Premier League title and FA Cup trophies before stunning Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul.