MESSI CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL:-
One of the greats of Manchester United Rio Ferdinand admits that he felt embarrassed when Red devils lost to Blaugrana in 2011 Champions League final.
Barcelona are totally in commanding position with the goals of Pedro,David villa and Lionel Messi.Manchester United lost the Champions league final with 3-1 scoreline and the only goal scored from Manchester united side is by Wayne Rooney.
Barcelona team in that season said to be one of the greatest team of that generation and one of the best Barcelona team ever,with the likes of Xavi,Iniesta and Busquets in midfield,Dani Alves in defence Victor Valdes as a goalkeeper and best player ever Lionel Messi.They have everything as a team to dominate Europe.
Ferdinand told Copa90“Ronaldinho was unreal, the free-flowing magician and an artist.
“But with Messi, he’d do all of that but there was always a goal or an assist at the end of it.”
Ferdinand further added“Barca gave us lesson to remember at Wembley,”
“I was standing there watching them lift the most prestigious trophy and me, Giggsy and Scholesy were standing together with our hands over our mouths and I said: ‘I feel embarrassed lads’.
“He [Lionel Messi] took liberties.”
Alex Ferguson who is the coach of Manchester united at that time also regarded Barcelona as the best team that he have ever faced.
“They’re one of the best in Europe, no question about that,” Ferguson said at the time.
“In my time as a manager, I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced. Everyone knows that and I accept that as well.
“It’s not easy when you’ve lost the Champions League final and well beaten like that to think another way. No team has given us a hiding like that.
“But how long it lasts, whether they can replace that team at some point… they certainly have the right philosophy and right mindset, but it’s always difficult to find the best players like Xavi, Iniesta and Messi all the time,who can do it all.”
Manchester United team at that time is considered as one of the best team of Europe and one of the best United team ever.They have reached the Champions League three time out of four occasions in which they have lost twice to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 Champions league final.
2011 Champions league final is united last appearance in final,while Barcelona won the Champions league again in 2014-15 season under the coach Luis Enrique.Barcelona also won the treble in the same year.
In 2018-19 season Barcelona reached the semi finals in Champions league but they lost to Liverpool with the aggregate score 4-3 and Lionel Messi was awarded with the best player of the year award for his breathtaking performance throughout the champions league and La Liga.
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