Barcelona dumped out the Champions League by Roma

Argentine journalist slams Lionel Messi for not showing up in big matches

Messi situation

One famous Argentine journalist has taken aim at Barcelona and Lionel Messi today after their collapse against Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday.

While Manchester City v Liverpool was expected to be the story of the night, it was far from it in the end.

That is because Roma embarrassed Barcelona and shocked everyone by overturning a 4-1 aggregate scoreline to progress through on away goals at 4-4.

Edin Dzeko scored the first to get the ball rolling before Daniele De Rossi scored a penalty to put Roma on the cusp of something special.

Kostas Manolas completed the turnaround when he scored a header to make it 3-0, sending the Stadio Olimpico wild.

Though, while Roma’s fightback has been taking the headlines, Barcelona’s performance has also been under the spotlight.

Criticised

While the whole Barcelona team has been slammed, some comments on Lionel Messi are interesting.

Argentine journalist Martin Liberman, who has been known to criticise Messi before, stood by his opinion and claimed that the player doesn’t show up in some big matches.

“I support what I have always said about Messi, they all go crazy for the three goals he makes to the minor teams and then in the decisive matches, sometimes, not always, sometimes he does not appear,” Liberman explained. 

Today he did not participate, that’s the truth. As Barcelona, which was a complete disaster, I will not blame Messi, although one always expects more from him clearly”.

Roma dump Barcelona out of the Champions League: Twitter goes mad

With Roma’s incredible win creating such a storm last night, it’s safe to say that social media was rife with posts on the Italian’s.

Not only that, there were some pretty big shots at both Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

Click here to see how Twitter reacted.