Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi has seen his performances in the spotlight in recent weeks, especially after he missed the penalty in the win over Real Madrid.
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Paris Saint-Germain’s rivals have been warned that criticism of Lionel Messi could still inspire a historic end to the season.
Messi shocked the football world last summer, when he pulled the curtain on his popularity Barcelona career, with the two sides unable to come to an agreement on a new agreement.
After joining PSG on a two-year contract, many had high hopes that the Argentinian icon could cause riots in what is seen as a weaker opponent.
However, the 34-year-old was fouled by attacking partner Kylian Mbappe and he has scored just twice in Ligue 1.
Mbappe was forced to bail his veteran team-mate midweek, scoring the last stoppage-time winner Real Madrid, after Messi missed the penalty kick in the second half.
Messi’s performances came under scrutiny following the win over Los Blancos, with L’Equipe rating him just three out of 10, while former PSG player Jerome Rothen claimed he “contributed nothing” to the team. old.
He told RMC Sport: “Of course, in terms of merchandise, it’s great to attract Leo Messi.
“People come to see Messi play at PSG. But you have to admit that in the sporting context, he brings nothing to PSG.
“The biggest problem is it’s a great game, that’s where we expect great players to perform and tonight it was a stretch more than anything else.
“There were technical fouls, lost balls, missed penalties – but it can happen to anyone. Above all, it was his behaviour. He looked down at his shoes, it seemed. He’s not satisfied.”
Sergio Aguero hits back at the reaction to his performance in a fit of rage, while Cesc Fabregas also supported his colleague.
In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, The former Barca midfielder was asked if Messi played more than necessary.
“No doubt. I read things about people who shouldn’t have seen him play against Real Madrid. Not at all brilliant, he played a good game,” began Fabregas. “He missed a penalty. And that? Judging him for that seems ridiculous to me. Football goes much further. Courtois is an excellent keeper and he has the credit.
Amid reports of Messi being unhappy in the French capital, Fabregas added: “Messi is happy when he wins, when he scores and when he gets the decisive right. That’s why he’s been himself for fifteen years.
“The thing that resembles him the most is Cristiano Ronaldo, But I have never seen anyone like him.”
And in an ominous warning to PSG’s European rivals, Fabregas recalled the last time he faced this level of hostility – prompting him to help the Blaugrana win the treble.
“I remember Luis Enrique’s first year, where he was criticized a lot,” recalled Fabregad. “A crisis of all that has been done. Then Barça won the treble. Now, something similar could happen.
“I understand that shows have to be sold, but we’re talking about a player who can get you portrayed in a second.
“With Messi, you always have to be careful, watchful. He was wired for a while. ”
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