Lionel Messi out for all of 53 minutes against Barcelona last night, but he wakes up this morning as the butt of many an internet joke. Here at Overreaction Theatre we pick out the best of the bunch from Twitter...
There is a literary device common to many of Shakespeare's tragedies called 'dramatic irony', where the audience's knowledge of events is superior to that of the character in question, making their futile attempts to change their fate both sad and painful to watch.
Now, Overreaction Theatre isn't comparing Demichelis to Hamlet - City's true Prince of Denmark was of course Mikkel Bischoff - but there was a distinct taste of dramatic irony in the air as City hosted Barcelona in the Champions League last night.
While Demichelis proudly stood firm at the heart of the City defence for the first half, thinking all the time he was doing a fantastic job, we, the audience, knew differently. We had read the script: disaster was only minutes away.
City's weak link , Demichelis. He's an accident waiting to happen.
— fergal marry (@fergalmarryy) February 18, 2014
Have a feeling if City lose Demichelis will be partly to blame — Warrington (@o_warrington) February 18, 2014
I thought Man City actually had a chance... Then Demichelis is starting. Why not just play Lescott?
— Sam Whitton (@SamWhitton) February 18, 2014
The disaster waiting to happen just happened. Demichelis out of the second leg. — Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) February 18, 2014
Still, even though we all knew exactly what was coming, that didn't spare Demichelis some rather over-the-top criticism after he did take out Lionel Messi to give away a penalty and earn a red card.
Guiness book of world records called me.... said demichelis is the worst player ever
— Shaq Moore (@Sh4qMoore) February 18, 2014
Kompany's central defence partnership with Demichelis is like Angelina Jolie's marriage to Billy Bob Thornton. #Mismatch
— Conor McNamara (@ConorMcNamaraIE) February 18, 2014
Martín Demichelis has the look of a man that would be fighting Edge or Christian for the WWF Intercontinental belt in 2001. — (via @JonnyGabriel) (@JonnyGabriel) February 18, 2014
And the luckless defender even inspired his own hashtag having been comprehensively outpaced by Messi: #ThingsFasterThanDemichelis:
— AdeleAdjchkawla (@AdeleAdjchkawla) February 19, 2014
#ThingsFasterThanDemichelis Arsene Wenger zipping his coat up
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) February 18, 2014
#ThingsFasterThanDemichelis Joey Essex's brain
— Jamie. (@jamfc98) February 18, 2014
Even Manchester City's official Twitter account was forced into a quick airbrushing of history straight out of the Stalin manual. But the delete button doesn't erase all records of our favourite social network, sadly.
Here was the tweet which replaced their untimely praise of Demichelis's performance:
53. Red card for Martin Demichelis who brings down Messi. The Argentine out-stretched a leg but couldn't get there. — Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 18, 2014
Even some in-depth statistical analysis wasn't enough to paint Demichelis's performance in a positive light.
Still, at least it wasn't all bad news for City fans...
Great news is that Demichelis' red card ensures Man City will be stronger in the second leg.
— Tom McGowan (@tompmcgowan) February 18, 2014
- Martin Demichelis
- Lionel Messi