Alphonso Davies: Lionel Messi rejected my shirt swap offer last week

‘I think he was a little bit upset… next time maybe’: Alphonso Davies reveals his idol Lionel Messi rejected his offer of a shirt swap after Barcelona’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in Champions League

  • Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies admits he asked Lionel Messi for his shirt
  • The Argentinian legend rejected the offer, with Davies saying he was ‘too sad’
  • Davies starred for Bayern as they thumped Barcelona 8-2 last week in Libson
  • The Canadian put in another good display in the 3-0 semi-final win over Lyon 

Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies claimed that Lionel Messi refused to swap shirts with him after their Champions League quarter-final last week because he was too upset.

The Canadian defender starred as Bayern thumped Barcelona 8-2 last week, with the German club sealing their spot in the Champions League final with a 3-0 semi-final win over Lyon on Wednesday night.

Davies admitted that he did try to get a souvenir from his favourite player, but it wasn’t meant to be. 

Alphonso Davies (left) asked Lionel Messi for his shirt but the Argentinian forward said no

The defender (middle) shone as Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 8-2 in last week’s quarter-finals

Speaking after the Lyon win, Davies said: ‘I asked for it (Messi’s shirt), but I think he was a little bit upset. Next time, maybe.’

Under UEFA guidelines, players are advised not to swap shirts due to coronavirus health and safety concerns. 

Davies has had a breakthrough year at the German giants, making 45 appearances for Bayern, scoring three goals and registering ten assists in all competitions. 

Davies starred again on Wednesday as Bayern beat Lyon 3-0 to reach the European final

Messi, on the other hand, is known as one of the greatest players of all time, having scored over 600 career goals for the Catalans.

Despite not getting Messi’s shirt, Davies is still delighted with his recent form and that the opportunity to play against the Argentinian superstar is a big deal for him and his family.

Davies added: ‘Honestly, I’m lost for words – (playing against Messi is) a dream come true.

Davies (second left) said the opportunity to play against Messi (right) was a dream come true

‘My mum called me yesterday and then my dad hopped on the phone, and he was like: “So you’re playing against your favourite player, I see.”

‘And I went: “Yeah.” And then we both started laughing on the phone. 

‘And honestly we couldn’t even believe it, because he knows that I looked up to Messi when I was younger, and now playing against him, it’s really nice.

‘Growing up, I used to watch him all the time and now I’m defending against him; it’s going to be a whole different ball game.’

Davies’ Bayern will take on Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s Champions League Final in Lisbon.  

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