Jerome Boateng’s slip against Lionel Messi was all over the media last week, but Mario Balotelli has now come to the defence of the German World Cup winner.
The Bayern Munich defender slipped as he tried to prevent Messi from scoring his brilliant second goal in the 3-0 defeat to FC Barcelona last Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.
Subsequently, Boateng became a target of social media trolling, but Balotelli defended the Bayern star with a meaningful Instagram post.
The struggling Liverpool striker posted a picture of Boateng holding the World Cup trophy, reminding everyone that it was the Germany defender who kept Messi quiet during the final in Brazil.
Boateng was the centre block in Germany’s defence as they beat Messi’s Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final.
While Boateng may have slipped in the Champions League against Barcelona, Balotelli rightfully pointed out that Boateng has something Messi may never get – a World Cup winners medal.
Balotelli and Boateng briefly played together at Manchester City before their careers took different paths.
Boateng joined Bayern Munich in 2011 for €13.5 million and has since won nine trophies with the German giants, as well as the World Cup with Germany.
Messi, meanwhile, has only won four trophies during the same period, but has a staggering 21 overall.
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