James Milner could be forgiven if he never wanted to see Lionel Messi for the rest of his life.
The English winger was humiliated by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner while playing for Manchester City against Barcelona in the Champions League back in March 2015. We all remember that brutal nutmeg out on the touchline.
And it was a similar story - albeit not quite as painful - for Milner as Liverpool took on Barça at Wembley Stadium this evening.
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Liverpool won the match 4-0 - thanks to Sadio Mane’s finish, an own goal from former Red Javier Mascherano, another goal from Divock Origi and an excellent late header from Marko Grujic - but Milner endured an uncomfortable 42 minutes playing in an unfamiliar left-back role.
That’s right: Milner didn’t even make it to half-time. Jurgen Klopp substituted the 30-year-old, who had apparently suffered a slight injury, for Alberto Moreno just before the break.
This substitution happened just after Messi had left Milner on the deck following a one-on-one battle between the two players.
Messi outpaced and outmuscled Liverpool’s No. 7, who must be relieved he called time on his England career earlier this week.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Messi embarrassing Milner…
Don’t worry, James: you’re not the first player Messi has done this to - and you’re by no means the last, either.
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