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'Oops' - Andy Murray pokes fun at Piers Morgan after Lionel Messi masterclass

'Oops' - Andy Murray pokes fun at Piers Morgan after Lionel Messi masterclass

Morgan is good friends with Cristiano Ronaldo, with the pair recently conducting a headline-grabbing interview

Andy Murray isn't one for hiding his true feelings on or indeed off the tennis court, and in a recent tweet, he took aim at broadcaster Piers Morgan.

Following Lionel Messi's stunning strike against Mexico on Saturday night (26 November), the British tennis star tweeted a picture of the Argentine celebrating, and rather cheekily tagged Piers Morgan's account, alongside the phrase 'oops'.

The not-so-subtle dig comes after Morgan's headline-grabbing interview with Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this month, in which the 37-year-old expressed his frustrations with the Manchester United hierarchy - to put it mildly.

Morgan is a friend and fan of Ronaldo's, frequently regarding him as the greatest player of all-time. However, statements like that are bound to court attention, and former Wimbledon champion Murray didn't miss his chance to troll Morgan in the wake of Messi's World Cup masterclass.

You can see his tweet below:

That wasn't the end of the Twitter spat though.

Not to be outdone, Morgan replied to Murray writing: "I can see why you like him… both the 2nd best players in your sport to come from your own country. #maradona #perry".

The 57-year-old's brutal riposte referenced English tennis legend Fred Perry, an eight-time Grand Slam winner - which included three consecutive Wimbledon championships.

By contrast, Murray has won three Grand Slams, although it must be said that the 35-year-old has competed against some of the best to ever play the game in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Showing that the exchange was all in good jest, Murray replied to Piers' tweet with a simple: "nibble".

The GOAT debate (greatest of all time) between Ronaldo and Messi is one that continues to divide opinion across the world. With neither superstar winning the World Cup as of yet, the 2022 edition is very much being labelled as the tournament where both men can make their definitive claim to being the footballing GOAT.

With it possibly being both Messi and Ronaldo's final ever World Cup, the window of opportunity is closing fast.

Lionel Messi wheels away in celebration. Image: Alamy
Lionel Messi wheels away in celebration. Image: Alamy

Plenty of fans on social media think they now know which camp Murray is in when it comes to football's great debate.

One Twitter user wrote: "Andy knows football".

Another added: "W goat prop", with others simply regarding Murray as the tennis GOAT after his fulsome praise of Messi.

As for Argentina and their 35-year-old talisman, there is still plenty of work to be done before qualification to the Round of 16 is assured.

Lionel Scaloni's men will need to at least draw with Poland to assure passage to next round, with a win possibly being enough to clinch top spot in Group C - depending on how other results go.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Talk TV

Topics: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Football World Cup, Argentina, Portugal, Andy Murray