Lionel Messi called James Milner a 'donkey' in the tunnel at Anfield during Liverpool vs Barcelona


Liverpool's Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona will go down as one of the greatest nights in their history. 

After suffering a 3-0 defeat in the first leg at Camp Nou, it seemed unthinkable that Jurgen Klopp's side would reach the final. 

Both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were unavailable for the fixture at Anfield too, meaning  Liverpool had a mountain to climb without two of their biggest stars.

But goals from two unlikely heroes, Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum, saw the Reds complete one of the greatest second leg comebacks in Champions League history.   

It was heartbreak again for Barca, who were knocked out of the competition in similar fashion against Roma in 2018. 

And apparently, captain Lionel Messi was rather upset at half-time at Anfield, and that was before the turnaround was anywhere near complete. 

Ahead of next weekend's final, James Milner has revealed that the Argentine approached him in the tunnel as both sets of players returned to the dressing rooms - and Messi had a few choice words for the midfielder. 

"He wasn't happy. He was giving me plenty in Spanish going down the tunnel at half-time as well," Milner revealed, per the Daily Mail.

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"He was calling me 'burro'. It translates as donkey but I think it's also used in Spanish football as a general term for someone who goes around kicking people.

"I asked him if he was all right, but he wasn't having it. I don't think he realised I understood his Spanish.

"He said: 'That foul you did, that's because I nutmegged you'. I left him to it at that point and went into the changing room."


Despite getting a mouthful, Milner says that he has too much respect for Messi to feel angry or bitter about his comments. 

"Look, I've only got admiration for him. He has earned the right to say what he wants."

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