Scott McTominay Reveals Lionel Messi Initially Refused Shirt Swap Due to Case of Mistaken Identity

By Amreen
Barcelona captain Messi was struck in the face by Chris Smalling but had blamed McTominay
Barcelona captain Messi was struck in the face by Chris Smalling but had blamed McTominay / LLUIS GENE/Getty Images
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Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has revealed Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi mistakenly blamed him for elbowing him during a Champions League clash with Manchester United in 2019.

Messi scored twice as the LaLiga giants beat United 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, but came away with a bloody face during the first leg. The Argentine believed it was McTominay who hit him, but it was really Chris Smalling's elbow that hit Messi in the face.

And McTominay nearly missed out on Messi's shirt after the game, but Sergio Romero stepped in to explain what had happened. While speaking to ESPN, McTominay revealed that Messi is the best player in the world, "100 per cent", he said.

"Yeah, Messi, Messi," he added. "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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