RIO FERDINAND admitted he was embarrassed after Lionel Messi put Manchester United to the sword in the 2011 Champions League final.

The former United centre-back played the full 90 minutes as Barca ran out 3-1 winners and he said Messi “took liberties” during the game.

 Rio Ferdinand said Lionel Messi 'took liberties' during the 2011 Champions League final

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Rio Ferdinand said Lionel Messi ‘took liberties’ during the 2011 Champions League finalCredit: AP:Associated Press
 Ferdinand said he felt embarrassed after United were thrashed 3-1 at Wembley

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Ferdinand said he felt embarrassed after United were thrashed 3-1 at WembleyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Messi scored Barca’s second and was man-of-the-match as the Catalans dominated Sir Alex Ferguson’s men at Wembley Stadium.

Ferdinand told Copa90: “Barca gave us an absolute lesson at Wembley,

“I was standing there watching them lift the trophy and me, Giggsy and Scholesy were standing together with our hands over our mouths and I said: ‘I feel embarrassed lads’.

“He [Messi] took liberties.

“Messi was a killer. Ronaldinho was unreal, the free-flowing magician.

“But with Messi, he’d do all of that but there was always a goal or an assist at the end of it.”

Ferdinand recently revealed he came close to moving to Barcelona after having talks with Frank Rijkaard.

And the former West Ham man also told how he would down ten pints of Guinness and vodka shots early in his career.

 Messi scored Barca's second and was man of the match

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Messi scored Barca’s second and was man of the matchCredit: AP:Associated Press
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