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Throwback to When Chiellini and Bonucci Argued for Lionel Messi's Shirt

Mudeet Arora
Bonucci and Chiellini once argued over Lionel Messi's shirt
Bonucci and Chiellini once argued over Lionel Messi's shirt / TIZIANA FABI/Getty Images

Italy's defensive duo Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci led their country to Euro 2020 glory with some incredible performances throughout the tournament.

The pair remained unfazed throughout the tournament, although, once in the past, they did have an argument over Lionel Messi's jersey while playing for their club.

During their stint as a defensive pair, Bonucci and Chiellini have faced some of the greatest attacking players of this generation, including probably the greatest among them all, Lionel Messi.

In the 2016-17 Champions League quarter-final, Chiellini scored in a 3-0 Juventus win over Barcelona.

After the match, both Chiellini and Bonucci were seen requesting Messi's jersey.

Here's the footage from that night.

While Messi did not reply to Bonucci's plea during the game, he did oblige after the match when both players exchanged their shirt.

"Getting Messi's shirt at the end of the game? I was pleased to have the jersey of the best player in the world,” Bonucci told reporters after the match. “My son will be very happy."

The Azzurri kept three clean sheets in their three consecutive Euro 2020 group games. Bonucci and Chiellini then came up with inspiring performances in the knockout stages right up till ensuring Italy lifted the title by beating England in the final at Wembley.

Bonucci scored the equaliser for Italy after Luke Shaw had handed England the lead. He then converted his penalty in the shootout.