Lionel Messi 'dodged TV appearance' because of his bizarre feud with Jamie Carragher

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has been accused of turning down a TV appearance because of Jamie Carragher

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 30/11/2023

- 10:46

The Inter Miami star remains one of the best players in the world

Inter Miami star Lionel Messi reportedly turned down the chance to appear on CBS Sports.

And that's because Jamie Carragher is a pundit for the channel, with the two having a bizarre feud.

Back in January 2022, Carragher revealed Messi had messaged him and called him a 'donkey'.

The World Cup winner's issue with the former Liverpool star was because he was omitted from his best XI of 2021.

Carragher said at the time that he didn't feel Messi's move to Paris Saint-Germain was a great signing.

And he also criticsed the 36-year-old by saying his form 'hadn't been good enough' during his time at the Parc des Princes.

Kate Abdo was working for CBS Sports on Wednesday night, with the channel broadcasting a Champions League show.

The TV presenter then sensationally claimed Messi had turned down the chance to appear - because of Carragher.

She said: "You know that we made an official invitation extended one to Inter Miami and we asked him to come on the show.

"Do you know what the official response was from Inter Miami? Am I allowed to say this?

"Apparently Lionel Messi will not be doing any television show that Jamie Carragher is a part of."

Carragher, however, didn't seem too bothered.

The Liverpool legend laughed it off and said: "Hey, that's a claim to fame of mine!

"Who would you rather have, Messi or me?

"Do you think Messi is going to bring the energy to this show that we need?"

In an attempt to get into Messi's good books, Carragher then said Messi was the 'greatest player of all time'.

"[Cristiano] Ronaldo is nowhere near the level of Messi," he said.

And Carragher later said on X that the 38-year-old ignored him because he was 'right' about his doomed second stint at United from day one.

"I get a custard pie for getting it right on Ronaldo from day one!" he said.


Jamie Carragher

Lionel Messi messaged Jamie Carragher to call him a 'donkey' with footballers past and present having a feud


"The custard pie for him from ETH shows the Manager thinks the same!!

"Maybe the ex Man United Legends (sycophants!) will now agree with me."

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