Man United Legend Claims Lionel Messi Reportedly Unfollowed Alejandro Garnacho

Man United Legend Claims Lionel Messi Reportedly Unfollowed Alejandro Garnacho

Isaac Darko
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Rio Ferdinand claims Lionel Messi unfollowed Alejandro Garnacho due to Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Messi and Ronaldo are seen as two of the greatest ever players and claimed many accolades
  • Garnacho scored a sensational overhead kick during Manchester United's meeting at Everton

Alejandro Garnacho has reportedly claimed that Lionel Messi unfollowed him on social media after he declared Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest of all time.

This is according to Rio Ferdinand, who shared insights from a 'private conversation' with the Argentine after his remarkable goal for Manchester United.

The footballing world was stunned by Garnacho's extraordinary overhead kick against Everton on Sunday.

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Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Lionel Messi unfollowed on Instagram because the Manchester United forward openly prefers Cristiano Ronaldo. Photos by Juan Manuel Serrano/Paul Ellis
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Many pundits have already labelled it as the Premier League's Goal of the Season, with some even suggesting the stunning strike stands as the best in the competition's storied history.

The goal had an immediate and profound impact on Goodison Park, rendering it silent just three minutes into what was anticipated to be a fervent atmosphere on Merseyside, per Diario AS.

Despite the global acclaim showered upon the goal, it apparently fell short of regaining a follow from the Argentine's veteran compatriot, Messi.

Messi unfollowed Garnacho on Instagram?

Interestingly, Garnacho had previously posted an Instagram picture in April 2022, a few months before Argentina's World Cup heroics, where he hailed Ronaldo - then his club teammate - as the best to ever grace the sport.

Ferdinand contends that this particular post might have been the reason why Messi decided to express his displeasure and hit the unfollow button.

"You know what I like about him?" the United legend told his Vibe with Five podcast via Manchester Evening News. "He doesn't give a [explicit]. Garnacho told me Messi unfollowed him just because he makes no secret of preferring Ronaldo. He comes out, doesn't care, 'I'm a Ronaldo man'. Who's the GOAT? Ronaldo. [Even] when he's in the Argentina squad."

Garnacho's post goes viral

Sports Brief also previously reported on Garnacho's Instagram post going viral following his overhead goal against Everton.

He took to social media following his wonder strike, posting three photos and a simple message thanking God after his heroics.

Garnacho wrote 'God is great' with praying hands and heart emojis on his Instagram post, which has over two million likes.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)