Lionel Messi: Jerome Boateng’s tweet after humiliation was class

Lionel Messi vs Bayern Munich

It was once again proven this season that Champions League semi-finals can always be trusted to deliver the very best football you are likely to witness anywhere.

It was Real Madrid vs Manchester City this year that served up the absolute madness, with Madrid scoring two goals in injury time to draw the scores level before going on to win the tie.

A few seasons before that we had a double dose, as Liverpool famously overturned their 3-0 deficit to Barcelona, and Tottenham scored three second half goals away at Ajax to secure their passage to the finale of Europe’s premier competition.

And whilst it seems the drama may have reached new heights in recent years, we have always been blessed with exquisite shows of footballing brilliance at this stage of the competition.

None of which were more impressive than when Lionel Messi put Jerome Boateng on skates before cheekily chipping the ball over the on-rushing Manuel Neuer, on this day in 2015.

Messi embarrasses Bayern and ruins Boateng

The German keeper had been speaking publicly about how we planned to contain Messi prior to the game, which only served to add to the moment.

“I have a lot of respect for Messi and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble,” Neuer told L’Equipe, per Goal.

“But it’s crucial to show authority when we meet on the pitch and show him who’s boss. I did the same in the World Cup final and this worked out pretty well.

“We will be looking to do the same on Wednesday night. It is vital to obtain a position of dominance and instil respect.”

That worked… for 77 minutes at least, then Messi scored two goals in four minutes and ended the Bavarian’s Champions League dreams for that year.

But more than anything, that semi-final will always be synonymous with Messi’s annihilation of Boateng in the build-up to that special goal, something which the centre-back has never truly lived down.

Talk about being left in the dirt…

Boateng’s response to Messi question

When doing a Twitter Q&A years later, one fan asked the question: “What was going through your head when Messi did THAT to you? You know what I’m talking about #AskJerome.”

And to his credit, Boateng acknowledged the tweet with a valid point: “Honestly I would love to see each one of you defending against Messi.”

Well played, Jerome. But I guess that’s one of the few benefits of not being a professional footballer – we don’t have to.

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