Barcelona's Lionel Messi has been accused of being 'lazy' during 8-2 Bayern defeat

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Barcelona were absolutely abysmal during their 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich.

To be fair, it's hard to lose a game 8-2 and be anything short of abysmal, but it was staggering to see a European side of that magnitude capitulate in such dramatic fashion on the big stage.

We're talking about a team that included the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique being made to look amateur by shipping four goals either side of half-time.

Bayern Munich 8-2 Barcelona

Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski all helped themselves to a goal, while Thomas Muller and even Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho chipped in with braces.

It was embarrassing across the board and nobody will have felt the defeat more than Lionel Messi, the star man upon whom Barca have relied so many times this season.

And although Messi is one of the greatest athletes in the history of sport, hauling his team up against such an omnipotent Bayern team was even beyond his extraterrestrial talents.


Was Messi... lazy?

However, as much as we get accused of eulogising about Messi every 10 seconds - why wouldn't we? - we're not blind to the fact that the Argentine also had a pretty terrible game.

There were threatening moments from the 33-year-old early on, most notably hitting the post with a teasing cross, but he ended the game being dispossessed almost every time he got the ball.

But perhaps the biggest accusation made against Messi during the quarter-final humiliation was his apparent lack of effort, which was picked up multiple times during the BT Sport coverage.


Video claims to have 'exposed' Messi

There were numerous examples, most notably before Bayern's fifth, where Messi was close to the action during an exchange in possession and showed little to no enthusiasm to retrieve the ball.

And it's something that Twitter user @GreatWhite_9 has picked up on since the game, producing a video of 'lazy Messi' being 'exposed' against Bayern to the tune of more than 4,000 retweets.

It's both controversial and, erm, a little cruel in equal measure, but you can fulfil your yearning for Messi-related schadenfreude down below:

GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Let's get one thing straight: Messi walking around in games is nothing new.

In fact, if you really want to go down the rabbit hole of why Messi's walking might actually be an advantage, there was an entire Twitter thread that went viral on the topic recently.

And should a 33-year-old Messi be chasing every lost ball back into his own defensive third? Of course he shouldn't, the team needs him conserving energy to attack Bayern where it hurts.


But - and this is a big 'but' - you'd surely, surely, want to see an incline in energy and enthusiasm from Messi when it became abundantly clear that the game was slipping away from Barca.

Sure, conserve energy to your hearts content when it's 1-1 or even 2-1 to Bayern, but at the start of the second-half when Barca needed a miracle, you've got to be throwing the kitchen sink.

So, as unabashed of a Messi fan as I might be, it's pretty hard to defend him when he conceded possession in such a blasé fashion right before the fifth goal.


Besides, lest we forget that Barca were only two goals away from equalising at that point and not six goals down, where they would eventually find themselves. Sorry, Leo, I can't help you here.

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