Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher get into a heated argument after a Sky Sports blunder when comparing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The social media exchange occurred after fans slammed the broadcaster for removing Lionel Messi’s Champions League and Copa America honours as Gary Neville named Cristiano Ronaldo his GOAT.
The pundit and his Monday Night Football co-host Carragher were dragged into the age-old debate regarding the two iconic football figures.
However viewers quickly criticised at the graphic Sky displayed on their Monday Night Football coverage.
Comparing the pair’s career achievements, it said Messi had zero international titles to his name, despite the fact the Paris Saint-Germain forward guided Argentina to the Copa America crown in the summer.
To make matters worse, the graphic suggested Messi had three Champions League winner’s medals – clearly forgetting one of his triumphs in 2006, 2009, 2011 or 2015.
Messi fans were further aggrieved to see Ronaldo was credited with two international honours – therefore counting the inaugural uefa Nations League as a major title for Portugal.
As Twitter exploded over the error, BBC’s Match of the Day presenter Lineker joined in by sharing a dig of the graphic and sarcastically wrote: “To be fair, it’s such a long time since Messi led Argentina to victory in Copa America, they’re entitled to forget it.”
He followed that up by tweeting: “Also 4 Champions Leagues not 3.”
Carragher spotted his remarks and replied: “We made a mistake on a graphic over Messi’s international honours.
“It happens a lot on MOTD. Check Messi’s record in 2006 in the CL, he didn’t play 1 min after 1st KO round, so we counted it as 3.
“We don’t have autocue on MNF so I’m sure you’d also make a mistake now & again.”
Lineker replied: “Yes, we do, and when they happen, they’re quite rightly pointed out.”
That led to Carragher then offering an invite for him to appear on an upcoming episode of Monday Night Football.
He wrote back: “Not by anyone on MNF, as we realise it’s not easy. I know you spend the majority of your time on twitter but just look after MOTD & we’ll do the same on MNF.
“If you ever want to come on with no autocue you’re welcome.”
Lineker then responded with: “You seem to be picking fights with everybody these days. I hope you’re alright, Jamie.”
Carragher replied: “I’m fine Gary, just sticking up for our stats guy. Appreciate your concern.”
To which Lineker wrote back, along with a thumbs up emoji: “Good man.”
Neville and sparring partner Jamie Carragher were analysing Ronaldo’s two-goal return for Manchester United ahead of Everton vs Burnley.
And the Portuguese superstar’s former team-mate said: “I just feel with the international goals records, the Champions Leagues and the variety of goals that he’s scored, it takes me to think that he is the greatest football player of all time.
“He does make the [United] team better… he makes them more likely to win the title than three weeks ago. Something inside me tells me that I don’t think he’ll quite make them the team that will make them win the title this season.”
Carragher was having none of it though as he hit back: “No one is not a huge fan of Ronaldo or Messi. Ronaldo is not the greatest player of all time.
“It doesn’t matter how a ball goes in the net… Messi’s got a better goal record than Ronaldo. He’s also a playmaker, Messi can run a game – Ronaldo can’t.
“Ronaldo can maybe do things that Messi can’t but Messi takes you to a place where you can’t actually believe what you’re seeing.
“Ronaldo does things other players can do… Messi does things we’ve never seen before.”
LINEKER AND CARRAGHER’S EXCHANGE
Here’s what was said in full on Twitter:
Lineker: “To be fair, it’s such a long time since Messi led Argentina to victory in Copa America, they’re entitled to forget it.”
Lineker: “Also 4 Champions Leagues not 3.”
Carragher: “We made a mistake on a graphic over Messi’s international honours. It happens a lot on MOTD. Check Messi’s record in 2006 in the CL, he didn’t play 1 min after 1st KO round, so we counted it as 3. We don’t have autocue on MNF so I’m sure you’d also make a mistake now & again.”
Lineker: “Yes, we do, and when they happen, they’re quite rightly pointed out.”
Carragher: “Not by anyone on MNF, as we realise it’s not easy. I know you spend the majority of your time on twitter but just look after MOTD & we’ll do the same on MNF. If you ever want to come on with no autocue you’re welcome.”
Lineker: “You seem to be picking fights with everybody these days. I hope you’re alright, Jamie.”
Carragher: “I’m fine Gary, just sticking up for our stats guy. Appreciate your concern.”
Lineker: “Good man.”
Fans reacted as Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher get into a heated argument after the Sky Sports blunder…
@LJxmes: I think we need to calm it down here lads
@alexmax94: What started as two men who accidentally bumped shoulders has now resulted in Jamie squaring up to him at the bar having torn his own shirt off.
@lukejuby: I hope your two studios aren’t within spitting distance…
@MUFC_redarmy99: Thoughts on avanti train lines gary?
@SAnderson78uk: Fair points by both of you but I would say that getting this graphic wrong when you debated the subject for, probably, a long time is quite important I would say. Basically people are bias towards the player they prefer, which is fine, and appreciate both.
@Jay87561920: You need a stats guy to tell you Messi won the Copa America 2 months ago?
@bigTimmyB84: Wow Jamie son bad morning?
@JockGlasgow: You’re not fine, that was completely over the top.
@abhighimire10: Lol you should literally apologize because millions of people could get misinterpreted by the wrong stats.
@Joey_CFC: if your stats guys can’t get basic stats right, I’m not sure it’s worth sticking up for them.
@____Alec: Hahahha he’s just ‘you hun’ carragher
@RossBlakee: Tbh Jamie, if the show is about comparing two players, you need to have accurate information to base the comparison. Everyone makes mistakes, but I think Gary’s point was more about defending Messi than being critical of the show
@georgehughess: no way did carra let lineker body him like that 😂😂😂
@ratty94253372: Turning into a kid is carra
@ADF96X: Carragher is a fucking wanker. I honestly hate the prick
@j_christopher91: Don’t you rehearse everything you say on MNF though? Not exactly talking about the most difficult topic in the world either… basically like being down the pub talking about footy.
@FFP83: Surely it’s normal for presenters (which @GaryLineker is) to have auto cues? I wouldn’t expect pundits to have them though & I imagine that’s the case on MOTD too?
Jamie next time he pulls up beside Gary at a traffic light pic.twitter.com/XFYJG8tC8p
— Darren (@Darren94775262) September 14, 2021
Why is Carra being so sassy? 😭 just accept that there was a mistake and leave it at that.
But anyways, MOTD highlights > MNF. But MNF’s analysis > MOTD’s https://t.co/tKvSIsabke
— Billz (@BMazoya) September 14, 2021
— Harvey Austin (@HarveyEJAustin) September 14, 2021