Without the glitz on his first day in Paris to debut with PSG, Messi faced the harsh reality of France. The wave of criticism of the Argentinian star spread.
PSG fans have reason to be upset, because with a player who receives up to 41 million euros a year (according to L’Equipe) like Messi, they have the right to expect to raise the Champions League title. But in the past two years, what PSG fans have earned is only domestic titles.
Messi was wronged?
The booing of PSG fans is “the last drop of water” for Messi. It came not once but several times in the team’s recent games. After the defeat in the round of 16 of the Champions League, Messi and his teammates became criminals because they continued to be empty-handed in the number one arena at European club level.
Responding to the whistles of the home fans, Messi showed an indifferent attitude. He did not go with his teammates to greet the fans, but left in the tunnel. The relationship between the Argentine superstar and the PSG fan association gradually deteriorated.
“It’s embarrassing to hear the whistles (Messi – PV) from the Parc des Princes. They cannot criticize one of the players who can be said to be the best in the team with 13 goals and 13 assists,” commented legend Thierry Henry. at Barca must speak up.
Former international player Emmanuel Petit said: “The whistling at Messi is an insult to football and if I can give Leo one piece of advice, he should leave this club.”
Petit said that criticism of Messi walking on the field is unreasonable: “Even when he was at Barcelona, he played like that. Watching Messi play, I remember Zinedine Zidane. I never let him. I have to defend. I will be the one to do that and Zidane is in charge of conducting the orchestra.”
PSG fans have the right to demand more from Messi. However, other members at PSG also need to take responsibility. Where is Kylian Mbappe, the current number one striker in France, in PSG’s two defeats to Bayern? What is the tactical imprint of coach Christophe Galtier before the “Gray Lobster” filters and calculates? Or has the investment strategy of President Nasser Al-Khelaifi really worked over the years?
In the case of Mbappe, the French striker received a higher salary than Messi (72 million euros per year), but could not help PSG win the Champions League. The former Monaco star also plays individually on the field and once criticized coach Galtier’s tactics in October 2022. However, Mbappe is still the favorite of French fans.
Messi can really make a difference thanks to his class. But don’t forget this striker has turned 35 years old. In the 2022 World Cup championship, M10 shines brightly next to his teammates who run non-stop in Argentina. In Qatar, the Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernandez or Alexis Mac Allister are ready to replace Messi on defense to give the Argentina captain the freedom to be creative.
At PSG, this does not appear when Neymar and Mbappe also want to be at the center of the Parisian club’s play. M10 is no longer the main character and is stuck among the big egos at the Parc des Princes.
French fans hate Messi?
Daniel Riolo, a French journalist, commented on April 5: “In the eyes of PSG fans, what is Messi showing? It’s a round zero. This is clearly a failed deal.” Mr. Riolo also said that the reason Messi joined PSG in the summer of 2021 is because Barca is no longer able to meet the salary of M10. Former player Jerome Rothen agreed with the above assessment when saying that “PSG is just a temporary destination for Messi”.
In addition, there is also a comment that the reason French football fans turn away from Messi is because this striker stole the 2022 World Cup championship of “Les Blues”. In the final on December 18, 2022, M10 shone with a double goal, making a great contribution to helping Argentina to the throne and turning France into the former king.
This is something that can happen to a part of French fans. But the country’s media has a different treatment for the M10. L’Equipe, the famous newspaper that is strict in grading the performances of stars, has “given” Messi 10 points many times after matches. Former players like Henry or Petit also defended Messi when things became serious.
ESPN said that the boos of the PSG fan club were not aimed at individuals but the whole group. Center-back Presnel Kimpembe once admitted this at the end of March: “Messi and Neymar are criticized? All players are at fault. I understand the anger and frustration of the fans.”
Not only Messi, the leader of PSG is also facing a difficult decision in the next summer transfer window. Will the Paris capital club continue to keep Messi despite the objections of the fans, or break up with M10 and accept the fact that this is a failed plan?
Duy Luan | 08:00 April 7, 2023