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After His Hit On Messi, MacNaughton’s Instagram Filled With Angry Comments

By on March 8, 2024 0 1155 Views

Last night saw two Canadians highlighted in Nashville’s 2-2 Concacaf Champions League draw with Inter Miami: while a brace from Jacob Shaffelburg was an obvious talking point, another came when Messi planted his foot down to block a clearance as Lukas MacNaughton kicked the ball, with the studs of the Canadian’s boot seeing the Argentine icon hit the floor in agony.

MacNaughton did not receive a card for the contact, but it’s fair to say that the global stature of who was on the receiving end has made quite an impact: thousands of Twitter/X users have Quote Tweeted various videos of the tackle, with post ranging from direct outrage to actual threats against the Canadian defender pouring forth.

The defender’s most recent Instagram post – amongst others – is filled with a flurry of Spanish comments from agitated Messi fans, too. At over 1,800 direct comments and counting on MacNaughton’s most recent post, users can see Messi gifs, angry emoticons, and plenty of angry sentiment put towards Lukas for catching the global icon with his boot and putting him at risk of injury.

MacNaughton himself hasn’t commented on the viral (and sometimes downright disgusting) feedback he’s been on the receiving end of, but given that he hasn’t closed comments he seems to be handling the online reaction well.

This isn’t the first time he’s gone viral with Messi, either: after becoming the first MLS side to stop Messi from scoring, a photograph of the toned defender holding back the Argentine with the caption ‘How To Stop Messi’ was circulated en masse:

The 29-year-old defender has done well to establish himself as a starting centre-back in Nashville following a trade away from Toronto FC, prior to which he earned himself a league champion title in Canada’s top flight with Pacific.

He’s also cracked Mauro Biello’s preliminary roster for Canada, having made his debut against Bahrain in the build-up to the 2022 World Cup – where Messi finally lifted the long-illusive trophy for Argentina.

Canadian attacker Jacob Shaffelburg also found himself on the end of some interesting hits on the night. Regardless of your thoughts on MacNaughton’s boot, however, if someone is typing an actual threat to someone through the platform as a result, it’s time for them to put the phone down and get help.

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