Former Real Madrid Goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek Calls Lionel Messi ‘Deceptive’ & ‘Provocative’

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has given his verdict on Lionel Messi – taking the opportunity to slag off the Barcelona legend. 

Dudek, who was the Reds’ match winner during the 2005 Champions League final thanks to his performance in the penalty shootout, spent four seasons at Real after leaving Anfield, making just two La Liga appearances as Iker Casillas’ understudy. 

Writing in his autobiography, Dudek revealed he formed a poor opinion of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, citing some tactics he clearly feels were underhanded. 

Cristiano Ronaldo,Jerzy Dudek

“He was deceptive and provocative, the same as Barcelona and Pep Guardiola,” Dudek said, as quoted by ?the Mirror

“They were so ready to provoke you and they were able to do it to perfection. That hurt Jose Mourinho and the whole team a lot. 

“I saw Messi say such rude things to Pepe and [Sergio] Ramos that you would not imagine from such a quiet and seemingly good person.” 

Comparing Messi to Los Blancos legends ?Ronaldo and Raul, Dudek added: “Cristiano Ronaldo is arrogant, but he’s a normal guy behind the scenes. 

“It’s about how people perceive him, more or less. Like Raul, he’s egocentric, incredibly competitive and a winner. 

Inter Milan's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

“Both would prefer their team to win 2-1 with their goals than 5-0 with other players scoring.” 

So ?Messi, Guardiola and the rest of the Barcelona squad upset Jose Mourinho. In all fairness, that’s not exactly a tough feat to achieve. 

Barça were well on their way to becoming one of the greatest club sides ever when Dudek joined Real, though the 13-time Champions League winners did win La Liga during the former Poland international’s first season at the Bernabeu. 

So, essentially, the point Dudek appears to be making is that there’s bad blood between ?Real Madrid and ?Barcelona. Which we kind of already knew. 

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