Michael Owen hits back at ‘Liverpool are the best’ mockery with Lionel Messi quote

‘I was ridiculed for saying this’: Michael Owen uses Lionel Messi’s Real Madrid tweet to hit back after being mocked for saying Liverpool are still European kings despite Champions League final loss

  • Michael Owen says Liverpool are still Europe’s ‘most feared’ team
  • Liverpool lost the Champions League final after a 1-0 loss to Real Madrid
  • Fans and fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand disagreed with ex-Liverpool star
  • However, Lionel Messi has also claimed that Real Madrid are not the best team in Europe

Michael Owen has responded to the ridicule of his claims that Liverpool remain the best team in Europe after sharing similar comments from Lionel Messi on his Twitter account.

Owen was lambasted by many supporters after saying the Reds were still Europe’s top dogs despite losing 1-0 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday night at the Stade de France.

Although Liverpool largely dominated the game, they were stung by a Vinicius Jr goal on the hour mark as well as an incredible goalkeeping performance from Thibaut Courtois, who kept the Reds at bay with a series of nice saves to deny the likes of Mohamed Salah. and Sadio Mané.

Michael Owen referenced Lionel Messi’s quote to back up his controversial claim that Liverpool were still the best team in Europe despite losing the Champions League final.

The ex-Reds striker was widely criticized for his post-match comments on BT Sport

The ex-Reds striker was widely criticized for his post-match comments on BT Sport

Speaking after the match, Owen said failure in the final as well as missing out on the Premier League title did not stop his claims that Liverpool were the best in Europe.

“Real Madrid overtook them today, but you know as well as anyone that a one-off is a one-off,” he told BT Sport.

‘I always think [Liverpool are] the toughest team in Europe and they don’t have either of the big two trophies to show for it will be the biggest pill to swallow.

Madrid beat Liverpool to win the Champions League with a Vinicius Jr goal

Madrid beat Liverpool to win the Champions League with a Vinicius Jr goal

Fine saves from Thibaut Courtois kept the Reds at bay throughout the final

Fine saves from Thibaut Courtois kept the Reds at bay throughout the final

The former Liverpool striker’s comments were widely condemned on social media, but he now appears to have found an ally in Lionel Messi, who echoed similar sentiments.

The former Barcelona star and current Paris Saint-Germain said: “The best team doesn’t always win. Real Madrid weren’t the best team in Europe this season, without taking credit for it, even if he is the Champions League winner.

After seeing the quotes on Twitter, Owen then tweeted the reference before sharing a message stating, “And I was ridiculed for saying that.” Enough said, ‘before I add a shh face.

Lionel Messi has since also claimed that Real Madrid are not the best team in Europe this year

Lionel Messi has since also claimed that Real Madrid are not the best team in Europe this year

Owen had also predicted that Liverpool would comfortably win the Paris final, but his evening co-pundit Rio Ferdinand strongly disagreed with Owen’s claims after the game.

The former Manchester United defender has claimed trophies are the only currency to measure overall success and stature.

“How can you say they are the best team in Europe? They have just lost the championship and the Champions League final,” said Ferdinand.

“I don’t think they are the best team in Europe, I think you have to win the biggest trophies to be considered the best.

Rio Ferdinand (right) strongly disagreed with fellow expert Owen's stance

Rio Ferdinand (right) strongly disagreed with fellow expert Owen’s stance

“They’re an incredibly exciting team, the number of points they have in the league, the consistency they’ve played, they’ve played in every game available to them, but you have to get your hands on the big trophies to be named the best team in Europe.

“I don’t think they will be considered like that and it would be disrespectful to Real Madrid to say so.”

“They just beat all of our top three teams in our league, got rid of them and got their hands on that trophy.”

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