Saturday was a day of contrasting fortunes for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo scored but was powerless to prevent United slumping to a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal. The result all but ends the Red Devils’ hopes of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League this term.
Messi, on the other hand, scored the goal against Lens that saw PSG clinch the Ligue 1 title. And what a stunning goal it was, too.
The 34-year-old netted his fourth league goal of a mixed debut campaign with the French club from 25 yards in the 68th minute.
Corentin Jean equalised late on for the visitors but the point was enough to earn PSG a record-equalling 10th league title.
Commentator criticised for dig at Cristiano Ronaldo
Amid the celebrations at the Parc des Princes, one commentator was slammed on social media for taking a dig at Ronaldo.
The commentator said: “Ronaldo of Manchester United are confirmed to be Conference League [*laughs*] team in sixth or seventh place.
“The GOAT Messi scores really the goal that gets the title for PSG.”
Here’s the clip:
There’s no way they said this 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/Wo468Z9da5— Stav (@stavfps) April 23, 2022
The commentator called it an “interesting stat”, although obviously it isn’t true that United are confirmed to be a Conference League team for the 2022-23 season.
There’s still a chance that the Red Devils will be playing in the Europa League next term, while Champions League qualification remains an extremely slim possibility.
United, who will be managed by Dutch coach Erik ten Hag next season, may even fail to qualify for Europe altogether.
While Messi and Ronaldo have been constantly compared for years – and their respective hardcore fans never miss a chance to have a pop at each others’ heroes – many football fans feel it was harsh of the commentator to dig out the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Here’s some of the reaction from Twitter:
Who has been better this season: Ronaldo or Messi?
While Ronaldo may not win a trophy during his first season back with Man Utd, like Messi has, it could certainly be argued that the Portugal international has performed better for his club over the course of the season.
The 37-year-old has scored an impressive 22 goals in 35 games for a poor United side.
Messi has only managed to net nine goals in 30 appearances for PSG and was even booed by his own club’s supporters last month after a defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
However, scoring the goal that effectively won PSG the league title will certainly help to get fans back onside.