Rio Ferdinand branded Lionel Messi’s dribbling skills ‘illegal’ as they rewatched an old clip during tonight’s Champions League coverage.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich faced off in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final on Friday night as the German side ran out 8-2 winners.
Six-time Ballon d’or winner Messi was virtually anonymous as Bayern ran riot against a weak Barcelona defence.
But even though the Argentine had a quiet evening by his standards, the BT Sport pundits could not help but revisit him at his best.
They rewatched the clip from Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Bayern in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals back in 2015 when Messi turned Jerome Boateng inside out.
Messi’s twisting and turning left the defender on his backside – and five years on Ferdinand is still left in disbelief at the skill as he discussed it on tonight’s coverage.
“It was illegal what he done, it shouldn’t be allowed,” said Ferdinand.
"It was nasty. That’s the moment where you sit there and say to yourself I’m so delighted I wasn’t playing when social media was about because I’ve had had to delete Instagram, Twitter the lot.”
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Boateng has since discussed the humiliation and has clearly taken it well.
"That doesn't really affect me. I was laughing at myself. When you fall down or slip in a situation and somebody scores a goal, it's normal," he told ESPN.
"These things happen; it happens to me, it happens to other players, I don't care about these things.
"For me, he's the best player in the world. That's football. Sometimes you look bad or something happens. I'm a defender, that doesn't kill me or anything."
But it’s Boateng who will have the last laugh tonight after booking their place in the semi-final.
A Thomas Muller brace, and goals from Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and two from Philippe Coutinho were enough to see off Messi and co.
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