Andy Murray and Piers Morgan spar on Twitter over Messi v Ronaldo

Andy Murray Credit: Alamy
Andy Murray Credit: Alamy

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray teased interviewer Piers Morgan with a cheeky tweet after Lionel Messi’s thrilling goal against Mexico at the World Cup – and it didn’t take long for a response to arrive.

Argentina’s World Cup flame flickered on as moments of class from Messi and substitute Enzo Fernandez settled a bad-tempered clash against Mexico.

The South Americans, who were among the pre-tournament favourites, suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday but brought themselves back into last-16 contention with victory at the Lusail Stadium.

Paris St Germain superstar Messi, at 35 playing in what is his fifth and surely final World Cup, ignited Argentina with a long-range strike 19 minutes into the second half, and Benfica midfielder Rodriguez made sure with a sublime curler three minutes from the end of normal time.

Messi’s moment of brilliance inspired Murray to tag Morgan into a week highlighting Messi’s moment of genius, just a couple of weeks after the British journalist took part in an interview with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Morgan’s gushing adoration for Ronaldo has sparked comparisons with Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

That interview infuriated Morgan to a point that he ended up speaking out against the Royal couple in a rant that led to his exit from his job as a presenter on the Good Morning Britain breakfast TV show.

Now Morgan has sided with Ronaldo once again in the long-running debate over who should be hailed as the greatest player of all-time.

Murray started the exchange as he offered up this tweet, which instantly attracted huge interest:

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Morgan has never been shy to respond to such a taunt on Twitter and he didn’t take long to come up with this response:

We might not be in a position to make a judgement on Messi v Ronaldo at Tennis365, but we are in a position to assess Morgan’s verdict on the greatest players in British tennis history.

While Fred Perry was a fine role model for the game in the first half of the 20th century, Murray is in a league of his own when it comes to the pantheon of British tennis greats.

Oh and in the battle for Twitter likes, Murray’s message sailed through the 100k barrier in double quick time, while Morgan’s response appeared to get a lot less attention.

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