20 August 2020 14:33
By Mike Parrott Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies has revealed that Lionel Messi refused to swap shirts with him at the end of their game in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. The Barcelona forward was supposedly too upset to swap with the Canadian. In a game that will be remembered for decades to come, Lionel Messi hasn't come off in the best light possible. After his Barcelona were demolished by Bayern Munich 8-2 in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, Bayern's Alphonso Davies asked for the Argentine's shirt. However, instead of showing good sportsmanship, Messi was supposedly too upset to trade shirts with the Canadian full-back.
Alphonso Davies: "I asked for Messi's shirt but he was too upset (he didn't give)." If this was Ronaldo you would be seeing this everywhere by now pic.twitter.com/frbxpv2eCk - CR7 Rap Rhymes (@cr7raprhymes) August 19, 2020 Davies had made it clear before the game that Messi was his idol in football and being able to play the Argentine was a dream come true for the 19-year-old. "My mum called me yesterday and then my dad hopped on the phone, and he was like: 'So you're playing against your favourite player, I see.' And I went: 'Yeah.' And then we both started laughing on the phone." The Canadian completely outplayed his Barcelona marker in the game, nullifying Messi while also creating one of the most spectacular assists in the Champions League this season. Absolute wizardry from Alphonso Davies. pic.twitter.com/IJmWrn1j4V - CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 14, 2020 Davies dribbled past four of the Barcelona players, including Messi, before cutting the ball back at the byline to set up Joshua Kimmich for an easy finish. Advert Bayern Munich are set to play Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League final after beating Lyon 3-0.
Robert Lewandowski quashed any hopes of a comeback late on, though, rising highest on a corner kick to give Bayern an unassailable lead in the 88th minute. Davies, a Vancouver Whitecaps academy product, has been a regular for Bayern throughout the 2019-20 season, cementing his place as one of the world's top left backs. Now, he's set become the first Canadian international to feature in the Champions League final when Bayern take on big-spending Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's title match at 3 pm ET. Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies claimed that Lionel Messi refused to swap shirts with him after their Champions League quarter-final last week because he was too upset. The Canadian defender starred as Bayern thumped Barcelona 8-2 last week, with the German club sealing their spot in the Champions League final with a 3-0 semi-final win over Lyon on Wednesday night.
Despite not getting Messi's shirt, Davies is still delighted with his recent form and that the opportunity to play against the Argentinian superstar is a big deal for him and his family. Davies added: 'Honestly, I'm lost for words – (playing against Messi is) a dream come true. Davies (second left) said the opportunity to play against Messi (right) was a dream come true Davies' Bayern will take on Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's Champions League Final in Lisbon. The video will start in 8 Cancel Follow the major changes at the Nou Camp in our FREE Barca newsletter Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Alphonso Davies says he tried to swap shirts with Lionel Messi after Bayern Munich's 8-2 demolition of Barcelona, but the Argentine was too "upset". Bundesliga champions Bayern embarrassed the Catalan giants in the quarter final of the Champions League on Friday night. Canadian left-back Davies is a big fan of Messi, and was hoping to swap shirts with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner following the match, regardless of the result. But Barcelona were left so humiliated by Bayern Munich, it seems Messi, 34, just wanted to get off the pitch after the final whistle. "I asked for it [Messi's shirt], revealed Davies, who spoke to the press after Bayern's 3-0 win over Lyon in the semi-final on Wednesday. "But I think he was a little bit upset. Next time, maybe." (Image: REUTERS) Get the latest transfer news straight into your inbox! Sign up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter! From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox. Put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link. Davies also spoke out about Messi ahead of playing against him for the first team last week. He said: "Honestly, I'm lost for words – a dream come true. "My mum called me yesterday and then my dad hopped on the phone, and he was like: 'So you're playing against your favourite player, I see.' "And I went: 'Yeah.' And then we both started laughing on the phone. Is Alphonso Davies the best left-back in the world? (Image: Miguel A Lopes/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) "And honestly we couldn't even believe it, because he knows that I looked up to Messi when I was younger, and now playing against him, it's really nice. "Growing up, I used to watch him all the time and now I'm defending against him; it's going to be a whole different ball game." * Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip?? The modern-day full-back. Alphonso Davies has everything... #UCL pic.twitter.com/UzIlEPIqoR