Barcelona star Lionel Messi has revealed his son taunts him whenever they play football together by saying he wants to be Liverpool.
The Reds reversed a three-goal first leg deficit to beat Barca in the Champions League semi-final, winning 4-0 at Anfield last month.
Why does Messi’s son want to be Liverpool? Five key things to know…
- Liverpool secured a 4-3 aggregate win across two legs against Barca in the Champions League semi-final this season.
- Braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum secured the victory and sent Liverpool to the final in Madrid.
- Jurgen Klopp’s men subsequently went on to lift the club’s sixth European crown.
- A 2-0 win against Spurs at the Wanda Metropolitano ensured a first piece of silverware in England for Klopp.
- Messi has now revealed his son mocks him by declaring an allegiance to Liverpool when they play football together.
That historic win on Merseyside sent Liverpool on their way to secure the Champions League trophy in Madrid last week, beating Spurs 2-0 courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi.
The Barcelona captain had initially put Liverpool to the sword during the first leg at the Camp Nou with a brilliantly executed brace, including a breathtaking free-kick that nestled in the top corner.
Unfortunately for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, his attacking exploits came unstuck on English soil and Barca were sent packing, something his son, Mateo (born in 2015), is quick to remind him about.
Speaking to TyCSports, Messi said: “We played at home, and last time we kicked it about, he would tell me, ‘I’m Liverpool, who beat you.'”
“‘You are Barca, and I’m Liverpool.'”
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Messi Jr a Real fan as well
If the Liverpool ridicule wasn’t bad enough for Messi, the 31-year-old went on to add that Mateo has also rooted for rivals Real Madrid in the past, though only in an attempt to annoy his siblings.
He added: “He’s watching TV and he screams goal for Real Madrid.
“He does it on purpose against his brother.
“Everyone watching Madrid, they score, Thiago gets angry, and Mateo goes ‘goaaaal for Madrid!'”