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Alexis Sanchez recalls the moment Lionel Messi cried after Champions League penalty miss

The Manchester United forward witnessed the Barcelona magician at his most human

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that Lionel Messi is human.

The Barcelona forward has been so consistently incredible for so long now, that we often forget he can make the odd mistake.

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One of the Argentinian’s most forgettable moments happened back in 2012, during the Champions League semi-final clash against Chelsea.

With Barca leading 2-1 against the Blues at the Nou Camp but heading outt through away goals, Messi hit the bar from the penalty spot at a crucial stage in the game before Fernando Torres famously ran clear to seal the tie in injury time.

Not his finest moment

Not his finest moment

And Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, who was part of that Barcelona team in 2012, says he saw the five-time Ballon d’Or winner break down in tears after the match.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the highs and lows of the game, Sanchez said: “I think football saves many people, it can give you a life of luxury, but people don’t see all the effort that goes in behind the scenes.

“That might mean not seeing your family, or missing your mother’s birthday, many players are so focused that they miss the birth of their children.

“You might cry during a game if you lose a final, that’s all part of football.

“In the Barcelona dressing room after the Chelsea game, I saw Leo cry.

“That’s because players demand so much from themselves, people don’t see that.”

Sanchez made history with his move to Manchester United

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Sanchez made history with his move to Manchester United

Sanchez, who’s been criticised in the media after leaving Arsenal for the bright lights of United – instead of City – for a reported £350,000-a-week at Old Trafford, has also hit out at those who criticise players for their wealth and say they lack commitment.

He said: “Sometimes people say things such as, ‘He’s got too big for his boots’ or say, ‘He’s changed’.

“You buy a flash car and people say that you’re a show-off. I’ve learnt so much over time and with the experience that I’ve gained.

“You can’t please everyone. There’ll always be one or two who get angry.

“I’ve learnt so much from playing football: I love football and that’s what I do. I enjoy myself and I’m just trying to be happy.”

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