Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed how Lionel Messi did not take kindly to comments he had made about the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, seemingly resulting in an insult from the Argentine.
With Messi having not hit his usual heights at Paris Saint-Germain since joining the club in August 2021, the former FC Barcelona talisman has been on the receiving end of much criticism in some quarters.
The 34-year-old has netted just once in 12 league games for PSG, and has also missed a number of matches due to injury and a positive case of COVID-19.
Messi's mixed start to life in France left Carragher, who now works as a pundit, unimpressed earlier this season, when he explained during a Sky Sports broadcast that he felt the Argentina captain was not a good signing for PSG.
The Les Parisiens attacker appeared to be unamused by this, with the ex-Reds defender claiming on Friday that the forward sent him a message about his comments via Instagram.
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After highlighting that Messi was missing from Carragher's Team of the Year during a Sky Sports' Friday Night Football segment, fellow pundit Gary Neville said: "He's not happy with you, Messi, is he?"
Carragher replied: "No, he's not happy with me at all.
"I had a little pop at [Cristiano] Ronaldo early in the season, I didn't think it was a great signing for [Manchester] 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. From the man himself.
"I will not be showing private messages but he basically called me a donkey!
"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 in this team.
"'You haven't played well enough, even if you did win the Copa America in the summer. It's not enough to leave my man, Mohamed Salah, out.'"
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