Petr Cech fires tongue-in-cheek dig at Lionel Messi in self-glorifying boast

Petr Cech has aimed a tongue-in-cheek dig at Lionel Messi in a discussion over his former Champions League exploits.

The ex-Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper featured in the competition for much of his elite career and won the trophy in 2012.

He was also part of the Blues side which suffered controversial semi-final heartbreak at the hands of Barcelona in 2009, a year after losing their first appearance in the final to rivals Man Utd.

And while experiencing the highs and the lows of European football, Cech feels he came up trumps against global superstar Messi.

"It took him a long time to score past me – 10 games in fact as I was an Arsenal player when he eventually did," Cech told the Mail.

"He missed penalties, I made saves, he hit the post, but he never scored past me at Chelsea. It was a pleasure to keep a clean sheet against him."

That's quite the feat for the Czech, given Messi has amassed 26 goals against English sides in 34 appearances throughout his career.

It's fair to say Cech probably had the last laugh in his meetings with the Barcelona star though, after Messi's crucial penalty miss which helped Chelsea take one step closer to glory.

Scores were tied at 2-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals of 2011/12 with Chelsea a man down, when Messi had the chance to put Barca ahead.

"When he had the penalty in the Nou Camp in 2012, that was a defining moment," Cech admits.

The 38-year-old then explained how he planned to delay his movement for as long as possible in a bid to psyche out Messi.

His plan worked, as Messi opted to try and lift the ball high out of Cech's reach but clattered his effort off the crossbar.

Fernando Torres then ran through on goal in the dying minutes, rounding the Barca goalkeeper to score and seal Chelsea's route to the final, leaving Messi in despair.

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