‘That’s not what Leo Messi does’: Rio Ferdinand shocked to see PSG star laying down behind the wall

‘It’s not what Leo Messi does… it’s disrespectful’: BT pundits shocked to see PSG superstar given role of laying down behind the wall, as Rio Ferdinand jokes that ‘he don’t get his kit dirty’

  • Lionel Messi scored his first PSG goal as they beat Manchester City 2-0
  • City were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position in the closing stages
  • Lionel Messi lay down behind the wall as Riyad Mahrez stepped up to take it 

Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves could not believe their eyes when they saw Lionel Messi lying down behind the PSG wall to stop free-kick taker Riyad Mahrez going under it. 

Messi finally got off the mark as PSG beat Manchester 2-0 in Paris on Tuesday night, the Argentine doubling the lead with a brilliant strike in the second half.

However, eyebrows were raised in response to a moment that took place in the closing stages of the game.


Lionel Messi lay down behind the wall to stop Riyad Mahrez going underneath it

Owen Hargreaves said he could not believe it

Rio Ferdinand said he wouldn't have let it happen

Owen Hargreaves and Rio Ferdinand could not believe Messi would be on such duties

City were awarded a free-kick just outside the area and it was six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi of all people who was seen getting himself dirty on the ground behind the wall as Mahrez prepared to take it.

‘We couldn’t believe it,’ said BT Sport pundit Hargreaves. ‘He’s one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest. ‘

Ferdinand then, took over, saying: ‘The moment Mauricio Pochettino asked him to do that at the training ground someone should have gone in there and said “no, no, no, no, this doesn’t happen to Leo Messi”.

‘You can’t. It’s disrespectful, I wouldn’t have it. If I was in that team I’d say “no, I’ll lay down for you”.

‘I couldn’t have him laying down like that. I can’t see it. He don’t get his kit dirty. That’s not what Messi does.’

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