Legendary Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, recalls the moment of the European Champions League Final at Wembley in 2011. According to him, at that time Messi successfully became the main star on the field, making the MU players look embarrassed.
After briefly meeting and losing at the top of the European Champions League in 2009, Manchester United was again confronted with Barcelona two years ago. In the 2011 UCL Wembley final, they returned to face the La Liga representative.
But unfortunately, the experience of defeat in the previous two years did not help MU much. Those who are still strengthened by the top players under the direction of Sir Alex Ferguson were finally defeated by a 1-3 score from Barcelona.
Pedro Rodriguez, Lionel Messi and David Villa each scored one goal against Van Der Sar, while Manchester United were only able to reply through a single goal by Wayne Rooney.
It was difficult to beat Barcelona at the time of Pep Guardiola at that time, they still had Xavi and Iniesta who were solid in midfield. However, there is one player who makes Ferdinand amazed, none other than Lionel Messi.
“Messi was a murderer. Ronaldinho was not real, a free flowing wizard. But Messi, he did everything but there is always a goal or an assist at the end “Ferdinand said to the Copa90.
The former England national team defender admitted that Barcelona seemed to give lessons to Manchester United at the time. Legendary players like Scholes and Giggs were only silenced to see Barca lift the Champion trophy in front of them.
“Barca taught us a lesson at Wembley. I saw them lift the trophy and me, Giggsy and Scholesy were standing there with their mouths closed, I said: “I feel humiliated,” he said.
Not only Ferdinand who admit it, even manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave a direct adulation after the match. He considered, Barcelona at that time was the best opponent he had ever faced in his career as a coach.
“They are the best in Europe, there’s no question. As long as I train, I can say that they are the best team we have ever faced. Everyone knows and I accept it, “he said.