Some PSG fans criticized Lionel Messi after his brilliant performance against Lens on Saturday, which helped the team win their 10th Ligue 1 title. Mauricio Pochettino claims it’s “unbelievable” and unacceptable.
Messi’s first season at PSG has been a disappointment after joining on a free transfer following his stunning exit from Barcelona last summer. The 34-year-old’s performance in the final third has plummeted, and he was unable to inspire the squad through the round of 16 in the Champions League, with fans blaming him alongside Neymar.
In his final season at Barcelona, Messi scored 38 goals in all competitions, but he has only scored nine goals so far in 2021-22. Only four of them have been documented. Kylian Mbappe has scored 33 goals in 42 games, making him the team’s leading goal scorer. On the other hand, Messi has 13 assists, putting him just four silverware behind former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves’ all-time record of 43.
During PSG’s loss to Real Madrid, both Messi and Neymar were booed, and the former was booed again after his most recent appearance against Lens. The 34-year-old’s performance in the final third has plummeted, and he was unable to inspire the squad through the round of 16 in the Champions League, with fans blaming him alongside Neymar.
With a 1-1 draw against Franck Haise’s side, PSG secured the point they needed to reclaim the Ligue 1 title, with Messi scoring the goal with a fantastic long-range strike, but he was still jeered by a section of the home crowd during the post-match celebrations. The criticism against the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is unbelievable.
“The whistles against Messi? It’s incredible. These are difficult realities to face. In my opinion, imagine a challenging situation that you cannot comprehend. This is especially true given Messi’s excellence and all he has given and will continue to give to football. “