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Jamie Carragher calls out Gary Lineker over using auto-cue in spat over Sky’s Messi stats

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‘Mistakes happen a lot on Match of the Day… look after that’: Ultra-defensive Jamie Carragher calls out Gary Lineker – who says he’s ‘picking fights’ – over using auto-cue in spat over Sky’s Messi stats

  • Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher dug into the Ronaldo v Messi debate 
  • Statistics used on Sky Sports contained an error which Gary Lineker pointed out 
  • Carragher replied and insisted his Match of the Day have also made mistakes 











Jamie Carragher has become embroiled in a Twitter spat with Gary Lineker over an argument over Sky Sports’ statistics about Lionel Messi.

Carragher and fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville dug into the Cristiano Ronaldo vs Messi debate on Monday Night Football, and unsurprisingly the duo disagreed in a fiery discussion.

While former Manchester United defender Neville championed Ronaldo’s case as the greatest player ever, Carragher defended Messi’s corner, with statistics of the duo’s trophy-laden careers being brought up to help their arguments.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker

Jamie Carragher (left) has become embroiled in a Twitter spat with Gary Lineker (right)

The duo argued on Twitter after Lineker pointed out a mistake in Sky's stats on Lionel Messi

The duo argued on Twitter after Lineker pointed out a mistake in Sky’s stats on Lionel Messi

Match of the Day presenter Lineker however spotted Sky had forgotten to include the Copa America won by Messi and Argentina in July under the ‘international trophies’ category, which read zero.

The former striker then sarcastically tweeted: ‘To be fair, it’s such a long time since Messi led Argentina to victory in Copa America, they’re entitled to forget it.’

Lineker then replied to a comment from a Twitter user who had been left dumbfounded that Portugal’s victory in the final of the inaugural Nations League in 2019 had been included in the figures by stating: ‘Also 4 Champions Leagues not 3.’

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That was when Carragher got involved and started the argument with a sharp reply, and hit back at Lineker with a jibe that Monday Night Football, unlike the BBC, do not use autocue devices to help them when speaking on television.

Sky had forgotten to include the Copa America trophy Messi and Argentina won earlier this year in the figures

Sky had forgotten to include the Copa America trophy Messi and Argentina won earlier this year in the figures

The former Liverpool defender said: ‘We made a mistake on a graphic over Messi’s international honours.

‘It happens a lot on MOTD. Check Messi’s record in 2006 in the CL, he didn’t play 1 min after 1st KO round, so we counted it as 3.

‘We don’t have autocue on MNF so I’m sure you’d also make a mistake now & again.’

Lineker’s riposte however was equally as sharp, replying: ‘Yes, we do, and when they happen, they’re quite rightly pointed out.’

Carragher came back strongly again, appearing to take a swipe at the amount of times Lineker tweets, stating: ‘Not by anyone on MNF, as we realise it’s not easy.

‘I know you spend the majority of your time on twitter but just look after MOTD & we’ll do the same on MNF. If you ever want to come on with no autocue you’re welcome.’

Lineker was quick to reply and appeared to fan the flames of the argument further, retorting: ‘You seem to be picking fights with everybody these days. I hope you’re alright, Jamie.’

Carragher however seemed to cool the spat down at that stage, answering: ‘I’m fine Gary, just sticking up for our stats guy. Appreciate your concern.’

And ending the spat, Lineker replied: ‘Good man.’

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