In an epic Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate, it was two football pundits who indulged in a war of words of this time. BBC pundit Gary Lineker and British broadcaster Piers Morgan had another spat on Twitter over their arguments about two of the sport’s greatest players, as this is no new phenomenon. While Lineker’s a known Messi-fan, Morgan’s loyalties staunchly lie with Ronaldo.
The two pundits have often indulged in such war of words over the social media platform, and this wan another instance, after Lionel Messi led Argentina to the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Australian in the Round of 16. The PSG superstar scored a brilliant goal on his 1000th career appearance, and further went on to deliver one of the best individual performances the ongoing tournament has witnessed so far.
Lineker responds to Morgan’s ‘Lionel Messi fan-girling’ comments
As the world was in the awe of Lionel Messi’s otherworldly display, which also has become a routine for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lineker and his fellow colleagues, Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer too couldn’t help but lavish praise on him. Messi scored the opening goal in the 35th minute, a sweetly struck placement from inside the box, which went through heap of Australian defenders, and goalkeeper Mat Ryan. Talking about Leo’s blistering display on BBC’s show, Ferdinand said:
“Messi has put on the best individual performance we’ve seen at this World Cup so far, by a mile, Showboating, laying shots on a plate for teammates, and the crowd – it was almost god-like, after every single thing he does.”
Meanwhile, Shearer in agreement with the former Manchester United centre-back’s comments added:
“What a second half performance from him, and the first half with his goal. We’ve spoken about his ability many times before, the hunger and desire and ability to run with the ball attracts so many defenders to him which then frees up his teammates.”
However, Piers Morgan, a Ronaldo-fan wasn’t having fun watching the BBC panel heap praise on the former Barcelona attacker, as he took a brutal dig at them on Twitter, writing:
“The relentless Messi fan-girling by the whole BBC punditry team is getting excruciatingly obsequious. Getting worried one of them might have an ‘accident’ in the studio. Calm yourselves, lads. He had a good game against an average side. See how he does against a good team.”
Lineker, however, was quick to retort, as he replied to Morgan’s tweet:
“Good to see you emerge briefly from deep inside the bowels of Ronaldo to express your opinion.”
Good to see you emerge briefly from deep inside the bowels of Ronaldo to express your opinion. 😂😂 https://t.co/wDCw4Gp2fd
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) December 3, 2022
Piers Morgan has been stealing majority of the headlines in recent days, after his explosive interview with Ronaldo led to a ‘mutual contract termination’ of the 37-year-old with Manchester United. Ronaldo bashed the Red Devils left and right, criticising their competitiveness, which according to him has been ‘stagnant’ since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. He also slammed United boss Erik ten Hag, and even had a got at some of the former players like Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney.
As a result, Ronaldo kickstarted his World Cup campaign with Portugal as a ‘free agent’, a status he acquired for the first time in his career. However, he did continued his goalscoring attributes with the Selecaos, scoring from the spot in the first game against Ghana. But ever since that goal, the five-time Ballon d’or has fired blanks in the last two games, and even made SofaScore’s ‘worst XI’ of the group stage. And to add to his and his fan’s frustrations, Messi has been in top-form for Argentina, having scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist in 4 games so far.