The Senegalese centre-back could not stop the Argentine superstar in Saturday’s Champions League outing at Camp Nou
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been dragged on social media after failing to help the Serie A club stop Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the second leg of their Uefa Champions League round of 16 fixture.
Barcelona won the encounter by 3-1, thanks to goals from Clement Lenglet, Messi and Luis Suarez, and they progressed to the quarter-final with a 4-2 aggregate score.
During the game, Koulibaly conceded a penalty towards the end of the first-half after kicking Messi’s leg from behind, which resulted in the third goal that was scored by Suarez.
Generally, it was a torrid night for the African star who made just one successful tackle and three interceptions in Barcelona.
His performance against Messi, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has got fans talking and they think his reported €80 million asking price should be slashed.
Koulibaly and Manolas are not a good partnership. They don’t work together as a pair, as a team. Koulibaly and Maksimovic much better together. Manolas been one of the big disappointments this season #BARNAP
— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) August 8, 2020
People who say Koulibaly isn’t the answer. He’s going up against the 🐐 ffs!
— Oliver_Boisen (CENTURIONS)🇩🇰 (@OliverBoisen) August 8, 2020
A GOAT i Stan. 👑
— Fred Diaries⚘ 🎠 (@fred_diaries1) August 8, 2020
Ed Woodward’s been trying to negotiate £10m off Sancho’s transfer fee for ages and Messi just halved Koulibaly’s asking price
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 8, 2020
I’m not saying he’s not a very good centre back but if Koulibaly is worth £70m then Messi is worth several trillion.
— Spencer FC (@SpencerOwen) August 8, 2020
Manolas and Koulibaly when they see Messi running their way pic.twitter.com/DLJth8v2j1
— Jose (@JZepeda_13) August 8, 2020
Koulibaly to gattuso after he threatens to sell him after that performance: pic.twitter.com/faWos3rVIy
— 🦆 (@misxal) August 8, 2020
Koulibaly na Maguire wey go public school 🤫😏
— Amuludun Of Ekiti (@babatope_babade) August 8, 2020
Koulibaly to Messi Tonight: pic.twitter.com/sHn0gNEwiP
— Mr_Ikechi (@mrdecomarine) August 8, 2020
So what’s the hype with Koulibaly then 🤔
— Brad (@brad_nb) August 8, 2020
Koulibaly is so overrated.
— Not Booked. (@ali_olajuwon) August 8, 2020
Certain man don’t want Koulibaly, because the best player of all time dribbled past him.
Have some shame if tonight’s game changed your mind. pic.twitter.com/VrhGxus9yw
— Morris (@KDBseason) August 8, 2020
It all changed tonight after watching him. Total disgrace #koulibaly
— Richie Gonsalves (@richie0789) August 8, 2020
koulibaly when he’s playing in a game that people are actually watching pic.twitter.com/ZPKHELGdJ5
— ity (@__ityy) August 8, 2020
I think Koulibaly is one of the most overrated so called big name defenders in the world.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) August 8, 2020