The Argentine believed that Liverpool midfielder was out of revenge for being highlighted in 2015, but the Red Man has no bad will
Liverpool midfielder James Milner says Lionel Messi called him a donkey under the first foot of their Champions League semi-final for a tough tackle that sent the Barcelona star to the grass.
Then in the first half of the opening leg at Camp Nou so Messi get in touch with Andy Robertson along the sidelines. From balance, Milner arrived late with a shoulder strap on Barca Talisman and sent Messi to earth.
Within the late contact, Messi called for a yellow card to be handed out, but Milner avoided a warning on that occasion.
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Having been embarrassed by a Messi nutmeg back in 201
"He was not" Happy, "Milner, who teaches Spanish, told Daily Mail ." He gave me lots of Spanish in half time also in the tunnel. He called me & # 39; burro & # 39 ;.
"It translates as donkey, but I think it is also used in Spanish football as a general term for someone who walks around and kicks people."
"I asked him if he was okay, but he didn't. I don't think he understood I understood his Spanish.
" He said, "The evil you did, that's because I nourished you ". I left him at that time and went into the locker room.
"Look, I have only admiration for him. He has earned the right to say what he wants."
Milner admitted that given Messiah's skill required the physical level to help him get him away from his game.
But the midfielder also noted that it was within the limits – his intention was never to hurt Messi.
"The things he did in that game, things he has done throughout his career, make it hard for him to play against," Milner added. "If you're trying to stop him, you can't be afraid to be made to look foolish. I've done it.
" I've been nutmegged by him and it's been seen a million times. I wasn't the first one and I won't be the last one. He's an incredible player.
"But with players that way, let them know that you are there and don't let them have everything in their own way. Just try to disturb their rhythm.
" You won't hurt him But it's a physical game, and if he runs the game, you try to knock him out of his steps. It's part of the game, the mental side. "
Although these efforts were not rewarded in the first leg that saw a 3-0 Barca victory, an impressive comeback at Anfield was that Liverpool came 4-0 winners to the final.
And Milner, overcome by emotion at the final whistle, believes that the quality of the opposition combined with the injury absence of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino made it a night to remember.
"Messi is a fantastic player and the special thing at night was turning it around to a team like that with the best player in the world out there and Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique, "Milner said." There are not many teams in the world who could turn a deficit like that with two of your star players away . It was such a team effort. "