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“It Only Takes Messi A Second To Trick You”

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has insisted it only takes Lionel Messi a second “to trick you into doing something daft”.

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The Argentine has been in spectacular form this season and will return to Manchester next week, when Barcelona face Manchester City in the Champions League Round of 16.

Scholes took the occasion to reflect on his personal battles with Messi, and revealed how he got away with fouling him in the penalty box in 2008.

“It only takes a second for that little No 10 to trick you into doing something daft. And you can’t always rely on the ref not to see it,” he wrote in his Independent column.

“When I think about our win over Barcelona in that game (semi-final 2008), on our way to the second Champions League title of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, I always remember that tackle.

“Yes, I scored the only goal of the tie, and it was one of my better ones. But I will never forget that couple of seconds when the best footballer in the world deceived me into fouling him and I waited for the world to fall in.

“It should have been a penalty to Barcelona, and an away goal would have won them the tie. But for some reason the referee didn’t give it, the game moved on and even Messi did not make much of a fuss.”

Read: Scholes Blasts Bored Messi

Scholes and Manchester United eliminated Messi’s Barcelona on their way to the Champions League title in 2008, but lost two finals against them in 2009 and 2011.

Do you think Lionel Messi can trick any defender in the world? Have your say in the comments section below.

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