Sharpe discussed the greatest player rivalries in sports during Monday’s edition of Undisputed. He mentioned Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as well as Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. He failed to bring up Ronaldo and Messi, and one fan called him out for it.
“Uncle @ShannonSharpe, Ronaldo vs Messi ia the greatest sporting rivalry we will ever see,” one fan said on Twitter. “For over 15 years, these two guys dominated soccer. Just them, only them! Bird and Magic were great, but Jordan quickly took over. Payton and Brady was only for 5 years. Its Mess vs Ronaldo!”
Instead of acknowledging the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry, Sharpe called it into question. He posed a counter-argument surrounding the lack of times Messi and Ronaldo played each other on the field (even though the two faced off in the same league for nine years).
“How often has Messi/Ronaldo actually faced each other? How many did one prevent the other from winning a title?,” Sharpe responded.
How often has Messi/Ronaldo actually faced each other? How many did one prevent the other from winning a title? https://t.co/kHpZAFcRpo
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) August 9, 2021
As you may have expected, Shannon Sharpe has been ratioed to smithereens.
Thousands of die-hard soccer fans blasted Sharpe for his Messi-Ronaldo take on Monday. Take a look.
Hahahahahaha one of the dumbest things I have ever read https://t.co/7buYFBAGT0
— James P. Whitworth (@JamesPWhitworth) August 9, 2021
Uh oh. Shannon went and swam into the Messi/Ronaldo rivalry waters. https://t.co/jpbJiOmbNY
— Tzvi (@TzviLovesSports) August 9, 2021
This might be the single stupidest tweet I have ever seen https://t.co/v5Y2l7hSrH
— anon (@anon19550617) August 9, 2021
Tell me you know nothing about soccer without actually telling me you know nothing about soccer 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/KJDNM9T2Fa
— William Wallace Reade III (@Reande24) August 9, 2021
Tell me you don’t watch sports outside of the US without telling me you don’t watch sports outside of the US https://t.co/kuj7R3QRwD
— Jonathan Acosta (@_jacosta) August 9, 2021
Folks gettin paid to talk sports don’t know nothin bout sports https://t.co/Gq18DP2hn9
— Jay. (@LLCoolJalen) August 9, 2021
Lol, Shannon Sharpe doesn't know Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo played in the same league for nine years. https://t.co/2r0LvyJv87
— Michael Allardyce (@mikedyce) August 9, 2021
oh my goodness lmao https://t.co/c4VQZGtxbg
— Kim McCauley (@lgbtqfc) August 9, 2021
Shannon Sharpe should probably steer clear of soccer takes from now on. It doesn’t look like he knows what he’s talking about.