Thursday 18 January 2018

Eamon Dunphy's outrageous half time comments about Lionel Messi really came back to bite him last night Newsdesk Newsdesk

In the Eamon Dunphy punditry comments Hall of Fame, last night's half time proclamation has to rank pretty high.

Dunphy is known for his extreme views on football, but even his biggest fans must have had their head in their hands when the RTE analyst started talking about Lionel Messi's decline at the interval.

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The Argentine had scored the game's only goal as Barcelona lead Man City 1-0 in an exciting yet sloppy contest.

After watching Messi for 45 minutes, Dunphy was of the opinion that his standards are beginning to slip.

"I think Messi is beginning to show signs of decline, we'll demonstrate that later despite the fact that he scored that goal," he said.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner promptly went out and bagged a second half brace to complete his hat-trick in a masterful 45 minute display.

After watching the Barcelona star tear Man City apart, Dunphy laughingly conceded that his half time prediction may have been a bit premature.

"Lionel Messi is not in such decline as I thought before the match," he admited.

Dunphy was in fine form after the game, tearing into Pep Guardiola and his side, calling them a 'shapeless shambles' before singling out Nolito and Raheem Sterling for pointed criticism.

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