“I understand the boos the Paris Saint-Germain fans gave me. We won the World Cup in Qatar, and France didn’t win back-to-back World Cups.”
The ‘God of Soccer’ Lionel Messi (36, Inter Miami) understands the boos he received during his time at Paris Saint-Germain. He accepts that they were justified after France lost to Argentina to lose their second straight World Cup.
“I understand the booing that the Paris Saint-Germain fans did to me,” Messi told Argentine outlet Olga on Wednesday (June 22). We were the winners of the World Cup in Qatar, and France couldn’t win back-to-back World Cups.”
Messi rose through the Barcelona youth ranks to become one of the greatest players of all time. He scored over 600 goals for Barcelona and became an icon with the number 10 shirt. Disillusioned with what he perceived to be a lax and philosophy-less management of the team under president Josep Bartomeu, Messi tried to leave the club, but was soon convinced to sign a new contract.
Laporta’s arrival led to a verbal agreement, but the contract was never signed. The money paid under Bartomeu and the coronavirus pandemic meant that the Primera Liga did not meet the salary cap. Messi ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent.
Paris Saint-Germain signed Messi to a 2+1 year contract. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were already part of the “Space Guard” squad. It was a self-proclaimed UEFA Champions League winner, but it didn’t have the big names it was looking for.
Paris Saint-Germain wanted to re-sign Messi and triggered his option for a one-year extension after this season, but he was unimpressed. After winning the World Cup in Qatar with Argentina, there was a brief period of high spirits, but negotiations for an extension stalled. In the second half of the tournament, Messi was away as an ambassador for Saudi Arabia, but his suspension meant he crossed an unbridgeable river. 안전놀이터 Paris fans also criticized Messi for traveling to Saudi Arabia after the team’s defeat.