Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand were highly critical of Lionel Messi's performance in Barcelona's humbling at Paris Saint-Germain, slamming the star striker's lack of effort in the French capital.
15 Feb 2017 - 3:55 PM  UPDATED 15 Feb 2017 - 3:55 PM

Valentine's Day massacre as PSG smash Barca
A brace from Angel Di Maria and goals from Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani saw PSG to a 4-0 Champions League demolition of Barcelona.

It was a night to forget for Messi and Co. after Barcelona suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to PSG in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Angel Di Maria's brace on his birthday condemned La Liga champions Barca to an embarrassing defeat in Paris, as five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi struggled to have any influence on the contest.

And former Manchester United centre-back Ferdinand criticised Messi's display at the Parc des Princes.

"His reaction there was poor," Ferdinand told BT Sport. "All night he was sloppy.

"He looked dejected and bereft of ideas, [but] he's human."

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard echoed Ferdinand's comments, saying: "He showed zero effort. No reaction all night."

Barca will attempt to salvage the tie in the return fixture at Camp Nou on March 8.