'Messi thought I elbowed him in the face!'

Thursday 01 April 2021 16:54

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has told an amazing story about how he got Lionel Messi’s shirt after our Champions League match against Barcelona in 2019.

Our Academy graduate believes the Argentina icon is the best player in world football and impressively has his match-worn jersey on display at home, in pride of place on his bedroom wall.

Acquiring such a famous shirt is no easy task, however, and McTominay’s request was amusingly met by a frosty response from Messi – because he blamed Scott for receiving a bloody face at Old Trafford.
It's fair to say Messi was in the wars when he visited Old Trafford in 2019.

The Barcelona talisman was given some rough treatment during the first leg of our quarter-final tie back in 2019, which we unfortunately lost 1-0.

Messi was visibly hurt from a challenge with former United defender Chris Smalling and made his frustrations clear to the referee. 

Unfortunately for McTominay, his hero blamed him and a post-match request for his shirt via international team-mate Sergio Romero fell flat. 

In a conversation with ESPN about the best player in the world, Scott says: “Messi, 100 per cent. Yeah, Messi, Messi. I got his shirt, you know?

“So, whenever we played against him for Barcelona [in 2019], Chris Smalling elbowed him and he's got blood coming out of his nose. And he thought it was me. 


“Because I said to Sergio Romero, 'please can you ask Messi to get his shirt?'.

“Sergio comes back in and said, 'Oh, he thinks you were the one who elbowed him on the halfway line'. I said, 'No, no, no, no - tell him it wasn't me, so make sure I get that shirt because that's going in my bedroom'. So he knows it wasn't me now.

“Sorry Chrissy, but he was the one who roughed him up a bit.”


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