'Overrated': Messi mocked as ineffective Argentine struggles in UCL collapse at Anfield
It is sometimes said that a player is only as good as his last game and that very much seems to be the case with Messi in the social media aftermath of his side's crushing 4-0 defeat to Jurgen Klopp's team.Also on rt.com 'There's been songs written for less': Euphoria as Liverpool fight back to claim UCL final spot
For the second year in succession Messi and Barcelona let a healthy first leg advantage slip to be unceremoniously dumped from a competition they had been the odds-on favorites to win. And despite a bagful of goals this year, including 12 in 9 in the Champions League, the blame appears to have fallen at the feet of the man in the number ten shirt.
For the first time since 2013 the Champions League Final will be played without Messi or his chief rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese, who had his own European heartbreak in the colors of Juventus this season, has now won the competition three times since Messi last lifted the trophy.Also on rt.com ‘These boys are f*cking giants’: Klopp drops on-air F-bomb after Liverpool heroics (VIDEO)
For all of his undoubted brilliance, Messi has perhaps not quite been as effective since the days of Xavi and Iniesta supplying him, or when he was flanked by Neymar and a slightly more spritely Luis Suarez.
Liverpool showed on Tuesday that if Messi can be contained, so too are his teammates and this is a point which has resonated around social media, in varying degrees, since the final whistle on a famous night on Merseyside.
Messi 2012 - Lost to a weak Chelsea— Filipe Orlando 🌏 (@MrFilipeOrlando) May 7, 2019
Messi 2013 - BAYERN 7-0
Messi 2014 - Bullied by Atletico
Messi 2016 - Bullied by Atletico AGAIN
Messi 2017 - Disasterclass vs Juve
Messi 2018 - ROMA 3-0
Messi 2019 - LIVERPOOL 4-0
1 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IN 8 YEARS pic.twitter.com/B5TlB7XQmd
Champions League finals reached since 2012:— bet365 (@bet365) May 7, 2019
Lionel Messi – 1
James Milner – 2
Until Messi can prove himself & win the UCL without Xavi & Iniesta, or at least win something with Argentina, Ronaldo will remain the Greatest Player of this Generation.— Ovie (@OvieO) May 7, 2019
Messi can't win matches on his own all the time. Liverpool deserve immense credit for keeping him quiet. His teammates crumbled.— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) May 7, 2019
Neither Messi nor Ronaldo in the final for the first time since 2013.— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) May 7, 2019
Absolutely not saying Robertson's hair ruffle was appropriate. It wasn't. But Messi's bewilderment was a portent for the night. ie ... how the FUCK did that just happen?pic.twitter.com/rzQosYjrrI— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) May 7, 2019
Messi (talking about Van Dijk): “I'm grateful that he’s not in Spain and I don't have to face him every season!" [Marca] ⚽️🔴— Adam Rowe (@adamrowecomedy) May 7, 2019