Manchester United goalkeeper allowed a straightforward Lionel Messi shot slip under his arms for Barcelona’s second goal in the 20th minute. The ball effortlessly dribbled to the back of the net to give the hosts a comfortable 2-0 early lead.
Philippe Coutinho’s magnificent goal in the 61st minute gave a surefire win for the Catalans. The results after 90-minute play said the Premier League side were eliminated and Barca stormed into the semis of the UEFA Champions Leagues with 3-0 win, as expected.
But the embarrassing blunder from de Gea has gotten into everyone’s back of the mind and it will never be forgotten. Twitteraties can’t keep calm over the “unnecessary” goal.
Minutes after the second leg game of the quarterfinal match at Nou Camp, netizens around the world shared funny memes on the internet, taking a dig on de Gea fans’ acknowledgment, “the best goalkeeper in the world.”
Adding oil to the fire was a half-time commercial ad of potato chips, where both the Argentinian superstar and the United goalkeeper are featured. In the Lay’s chips video, Messi is seen stealing a crisp from a packet de Gea is holding.
A fan tweeted, “The most fitting Champo League halftime ad of all-time.”
“What happened in the advert should have stayed in the advert, very unsportsmanlike from Messi,” noted another fan.
De Gea has made three errors leading to opposition goals in all competitions this season. The other Premier League goalkeepers to have made more across all competitions in 2018-19 at club level are Asmir Begovic (5) and Jordan Pickford (4).
Messi is now the top the goalscorer in the European competition, with Robert Lewandowski in second place with eight and Cristiano Ronaldo in third with six.