Lionel Messi was reportedly inconsolable and in tears after Barcelona’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday in the Champions League semi-final. The loss of course was by just enough to avoid going into extra-time and allowed Liverpool to advance to the Champions League final in Madrid.
The heartbreaking defeat was the second year in a row that Barcelona had a three-goal lead in the Champions League and threw it in the away leg. Its put a placeholder in Messi’s four Champions League titles as he makes his way to five. The road was perfectly paved for Barcelona to be sitting pretty in Liverpool, and they just couldn’t seem to ever get a solid foothold in a chaotic match.
The heartbreaking loss is another step in Messi’s career path, but the Argentine is used to setbacks in his career. Success is often paired with heartbreak, it makes players like Messi better.