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Real Madrid legend lashes out at Lionel Messi over Champions League comments



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Real Madrid legend Guti took a jibe at former Barcelona and current Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi, saying that the evaluation of being the best is done on the basis of wins and nothing else.

The former Real Madrid midfielder, who made more than 500 appearances for the Spanish capital club while winning five La Liga and three UEFA Champions League titles, responded to Messi’s comments where the Argentine had said how PSG were the better team than Madrid in the last season’s Champions League knockout stages.

“Last year’s elimination was very difficult to digest because of how it happened, we had played two great games against Real Madrid and in small details we missed it,” the legendary forward had said.

“Champions League is a difficult competition to win because the best team does not always win and it is decided by small details, any mistake leaves you out of a tie, but we are preparing for those hard times now,” he had added.

Responding to these comments, Guti questioned Messi’s claims by asking how does someone evaluate being the best. He said that PSG got two fair chances and that should have been enough to assert the claim.

“What is it to be the best? How do you evaluate being the best? When? In one match, in one knockout round, in three knockout rounds…?” Guti responded on El Chiringuito, quoted by MARCA.

The first leg of the Round of 16 tie of last season’s UEFA Champions League between Real Madrid and PSG saw Kylian Mbappe’s only goal being the difference. The second leg at Santiago Bernabeu, however, saw Madrid turning the tide, with Karim Benzema scoring a 17-minute hat-trick.

The Merengues went on to beat Chelsea and Manchester City in a similar fashion before getting the better of Liverpool in the final to lift their 14th European crown.

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€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father



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Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.

Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.

The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.

Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.

Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.

As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”

Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”

Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.

As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.

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