Leo Messi once confessed Barca hated Chelsea more than Real Madrid

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Leo Messi once confessed Barca hated Chelsea more than Real Madrid

Apparently, Real Madrid weren't the most hatred team for Barcelona and personally Lionel Messi once. The Mirror recalled some surprising comments made by the Argentinian back in 2006.

Then 19-year-old forward said: "There are players here who hate Chelsea more than Real Madrid. I never thought I would hear myself say that.

"I also never thought I would see something worse than the Boca [Juniors] and River Plate rivalry or Brazil vs Argentina - but this is.

"We would rather play Arsenal, Manchester United or anyone else for that matter than be on the same pitch with Chelsea."

Messi was speaking after the first-leg Champions League round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge which Barcelona won 2-1. The Catalans drew the home leg 1-1 and reached the quarter-finals.

Barca's future captain only managed 25 minutes in the return leg. He was taken off with a serious hamstring injury which ruled him out for the remainder of the 2005-2006 campaign.

Nevertheless, the Catalan giants won the Champions League after beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final.

Messi hadn't been able to score past Chelsea for several seasons. He only broke the deadlock two years ago as he scored three goals across the two-legged tie in the 2017-2018 Champions League round of 16.

Enjoy the highlights as Barca thrashed the Blues 3-0 at home back then:

AuthorMaggie K.SourceThe Mirror
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