Gerard Pique caused a stir on Twitter this weekend with the tweet he posted following Roger Federer’s victory in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles final.
The Spanish defender named Federer as one of the three greatest sportsmen he’s ever seen - along with NBA legend Michael Jordan and, of course, his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi - after the tennis superstar recorded a convincing victory over Marin Cilic.
This was a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title for Federer who, in the eyes of many, has cemented his status as the greatest tennis player of all time.
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“Leo Messi, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer. The best I've seen,” Pique tweeted.
Pique’s tweet soon went viral and at the time of writing it’s been retweeted over 50,000 times and ‘liked’ over 100,000 times.
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However, it also received many comments - thousands, in fact - from perturbed Twitter users naming various other sporting legends including Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, Pele, Diego Maradona and Ayrton Senna.
And, needless to say, the comments section quickly became another tiresome Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo debate.
Real Madrid fan burns Pique with reply
One Real Madrid fan, however, took a different - more amusing - approach with his reply to Pique’s tweet.
‘Isco Disco’ - @MadridistaFacts - replied with a photo of Pique committing a handball in Barcelona’s infamous Champions League semi-final victory over Chelsea back in 2009.
“What about the greatest robbery you've ever seen?” read the caption.
This then set off another chain reaction of comments...
Chelsea v Barcelona in 2009 was incredible
For those who can’t remember the match - or if you’re too young to remember it properly - Chelsea were denied what they felt were at least four stonewall penalties against Pep Guardiola’s Barça on that fateful night at Stamford Bridge eight years ago.
When Andres Iniesta sent the visitors through to the final with his unforgettable 93rd-minute equaliser, Chelsea’s players went ballistic at referee Tom Henning Øvrebø, whose reputation sadly never recovered after this infamous match.
The remarkable footage of Michael Ballack chasing the Norwegian match official up the pitch and Didier Drogba yelling “It’s a f***ing disgrace!” down the Sky Sports camera will never be forgotten.
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