While Jamie Carragher is one of many famous footballing figures who regard Lionel Messi as the greatest of all time, the former Liverpool player opened up about an interaction he had with the Argentine in which he incurred the wrath of the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.
In what was actually a hilarious story, the Englishman spilled the beans while on pundit duty, revealing all after Norwich's lovely win over fellow relegation battlers Watford. The ex-Anfield defender was joined by fellow Sky Sports crewmate Gary Neville and presenter Dave Jones to name their Team of the Year for 2021, with both pundits excluding Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo from their lineups.
Jamie opted for Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah as his preferred winger on the right, and for obvious reasons, given how excellent the Egyptian has been this season. Carragher, who has publicly hailed La Pulga as the best in history, gave some insight as to what occurred when he last spoke ill of the now Ligue 1 star.
The 43-year-old, who infamously slammed Man United's decision to re-sign Ronaldo, was also critical of PSG's move for the Barcelona icon. Speaking after Friday's Premier League match, the pundit revealed that Messi did not take a liking to Jamie's assessment and thus left him a message on Instagram, labeling him a "donkey".
"It was on Monday Night Football and I got a private message on Instagram," Carragher said on Sky Sports' Friday Night Football.
"From the man [Messi] himself. I will not be showing private messages but he basically called me a donkey."
"He [Messi] watches Monday Night Football so hopefully he's watching Friday Night Football as well because Lionel, I absolutely love you," Jamie added.
"Greatest player of all time and compared to you I was a donkey. You know, I accept that, but you're not getting in this team.
"You haven't played well enough, even if you did win the Copa America in the summer. It's not enough to leave my man Mo Salah out the team."
While Neville and Jones both found this story amusing, it was Carragher who got the last laugh as his assessment of Messi's PSG move looks to have been spot on. While the 34-year-old led his country to the Copa America over the summer, the Argentine has struggled at the Parc des Princes this term, netting only once in 11 Ligue 1 outings.
In the UEFA Champions League, however, Leo has been stellar, scoring five times in five group stage appearances. Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for something similar from his countryman in the knockout stage as the French giants will take on Real Madrid in the round of 16.