Rio Ferdinand was stunned when Lionel Messi took a position on the floor behind PSG’s free-kick wall in their 2-0 win over Man City on Tuesday night.
Messi scored a sensational goal – his first for his new club – as Pep Guardiola’s men were beaten in their group stage game.
The goal of the Argentine legend was of course the main topic of discussion.
However, as full time approached, fans and pundits understood that Messi had taken a position on the ground to prevent Man City from attempting a low shot with a late free kick.
Rio Ferdinand reacted on BT Sport: “The moment Mauricio Pochettino asked him to do it on the training ground, someone should have gone there and said: ‘No, no, no, no, no, no . ‘
“It doesn’t happen to Leo Messi.
“No No No No. You can’t.
“It’s disrespectful, I wouldn’t have wanted it.
“If I was on this team, I would have to say, ‘Look, I’m going to lie down for you.’
“Sorry, I couldn’t let him lie down like that.” I can not see him.
“He doesn’t dirty his equipment, that’s not what Messi does.”
Earlier in the game, Kylian Mbappe took the same position, proving that PSG superstars are not afraid to do their part in defending the team.