Lionel Messi believes Real Madrid was not the best team in the UEFA Champions League this season. Madrid won their 14th European championship on Saturday, May 28 in Paris, thanks to Vinicius Junior’s early second-half goal. Carlo Ancelotti’s team defeated Manchester City and Chelsea on their way to the final at the Stade de France.
Karim Benzema‘s stunning 17-minute hat-trick against PSG in the last-16 tie turned the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid’s favor, and now Messi, 34, claims Madrid wasn’t the best team in the competition. Messi told Argentine television station TYC:
“The Real Madrid game killed us. The best team doesn’t always win.
“Without taking anything away from Madrid, because they are the champions of Europe and they’re always there or thereabouts, but they weren’t the best team of this Champions League.
“The Champions League is about situations, key moments, psychological moments that take a team, where the slightest error can eliminate you and the those who are best prepared for those situations end up winning or reaching the final.”