Lionel Messi has shared that losing to Liverpool and Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League ‘stopped’ him from winning another trophy in that competition, as he told his farewell press conference.
The Barcelona superstar shared that he would have liked to have won another European Cup, as he name-checked those agonising defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea.
It was an emotional press conference from Messi, who leaves behind a club that provided him with the platform to become perhaps the greatest footballer of all time.
This is what Messi had to say about not adding a fifth European crown to his name at the Nou Camp.
“I would have loved to have won another Champions League,” said Messi. “We got knocked out in the semi-finals against Liverpool.
“That stopped us from getting another final. Then we got to the semi-final against Chelsea with Pep.
“I think there could have been a time where we could have won another Champions League but that’s football.”
The two games Messi is making reference to is Liverpool’s epic comeback win against Barcelona in 2019, when Jurgen Klopp’s side came from 3-0 down in the first leg to secure a quite memorable 4-3 win.
Perhaps not so memorable for Messi, but one of the greatest games in Liverpool’s history.
And to rewind back even further to 2012 where Chelsea created their own history at the Nou Camp.
Despite being 2-0 down in the second leg, down to ten men after John Terry’s sending off, Chelsea somehow managed to leave with a final ticket booked that eventually led to them winning their first European Cup.
That moment of Fernando Torres going through on goal and then rounding the goalkeeper to finish off the tie is one for the history books, no doubt.
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