How Lionel Messi rated Chelsea as the club he hated the most

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From the early 2000s, Chelsea have had a rivalry with Spanish giants Barcelona and games between the two sides have been very intense.

In the 17 meetings between the two sides, Chelsea have only lost 6 times and have won 5 meetings. The 3-0 defeat suffered at the Nou Camp in 2018 was first time Chelsea have lost to Barca since 2006.

After a heated clash against Chelsea in 2006, Messi, who was just 19 at the time, openly expressed his hatred for the Blues.

Back in 2006, Messi admitted his hatred for Chelsea and even said he’d rather face Arsenal and Manchester United than face Chelsea.

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He said: “There are players here who hate Chelsea more than Real Madrid. I never thought I would hear myself say that.

“I also never thought I would see something worse than the Boca [Juniors] and River Plate rivalry or Brazil vs Argentina – but this is.

“We would rather play Arsenal, Manchester United or anyone else for that matter than be on the same pitch with Chelsea.”

After 14 years, Messi’s comments have resurfaced the internet, and we’re just glad the Argentine sees us in that light.

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