The Barcelona legend was among those that could barely believe their eyes as the Blancos staged a remarkable Champions League fightback against Man City.
Lionel Messi, with his strong ties to Barcelona taken into account, was among those left shocked as Real Madrid resisted in remarkable style to pip Manchester City to a place in the Champions League final, with the Argentine sending a "can't be true" message to fellow countryman Sergio Aguero.
A man that took in a quick spell at Camp Nou previously this season prior to being forced to head into retirement was among those asked by ESPN to help commentate on a thrilling European semi-final second leg encounter at Santiago Bernabeu.
Ex-City striker Aguero, who is the Blues' all-time leading goalscorer, could hardly believe his eyes as Rodrygo struck twice in stoppage-time prior to Karim Benzema finished an astonishing resurgence in the Spanish capital from the penalty spot in extra-time.
A seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was one of those left having a hard time to comprehend what was taking place as City endured the most significant of continental collapses, with Aguero revealing that Messi had messaged him to say: "Stop joking, can't be true."
With Argentine icons figuring prominently in ESPN's coverage, Carlos Tevez likewise expressed his shock at seeing Real battle their way back from the verge.
They had already done likewise in a last-16 face-off with Paris Saint-Germain and a quarter-final clash with Chelsea, leading former City striker Tevez to state: "It's insane, you can't win another game like that."
Aguero had formerly specified prior to a ball was kicked at the Bernabeu: "I want to say that I'm truly nervous, I do not know why but I'm worried.
" I desire City to go through I do not understand what Pep has in store, I envision he didn't sleep all night, I understand him."
Who will Real Madrid face in the Champions League final?
With Aguero, Messi and Tevez left cursing Real's ability to dig their way out of the deepest of holes, they will now be forced to enjoy on from afar when the Blancos grace another Champions League final.
The 13-time champions of Europe will be figuring in a continental masterpiece at Stade de France on May 28.
Their opponents that day will be Premier League heavyweights Liverpool, who saw off Spanish opposition in the form of Villarreal throughout a significant semi-final encounter of their own.
The Reds have met Real in European Cup finals on two previous occasions, with the men from Merseyside emerging triumphant in 1981 before the Blancos got their revenge in 2018 throughout a contest which featured an infamous injury for Mohamed Salah, some devastating goalkeeping from Loris Karius and a stunning bicycle-kick goal from Gareth Bale.