PSG Ultras are planning to protest against Lionel Messi for his low performance despite staggering wage earnings at the club.
Lionel Messi joined PSG in 2021 as a Barcelona football legend with numerous trophies and individual awards.
After a legendary football career with the Catalans, he joined the Ligue 1 champions on a lucrative deal that saw him earn a whopping £645,000 weekly.
PSG fans thought his move will herald a new era at the club but Messi has failed to translate PSG’s domestic success into European success.
In the last two years with the club, Lionel Messi seems to have failed to record an impact on the club’s fortunes in Europe’s elite club competition – the UEFA Champions League.
Lionel Messi led Argentina to the 2022 World Cup trophy in Qatar, but has been knocked out of the Champions League round 16 twice in his two seasons with the club.
This season, the Ligue 1 champions were knocked out of the competition by Bayern Munich, losing home and away to the German champions.
To PSG ultras, Lionel Messi has underperformed in contrast to his lucrative deal at the club.
According to reports, the group is planning to protest his underwhelming performance with the club in a French Ligue 1 clash against Rennes at Roazhon Park Stadium in Rennes on Sunday.
Leading members have confirmed the protest decision while speaking to Mundo Derportivo.
“We will whistle at Messi this Sunday.
“He has too high a salary in relation to what he offers on the pitch.” the group said.
Lionel Messi left PSG training
On Friday, reports emerged Lionel Messi left PSG training after a bust-up with PSG manager Christoph Galtier.
The Argentina World Cup winner is said to have grown frustrated with Christophe Galtier’s session, leading to his exit from the training.
However, it has been confirmed Lionel Messi did not exit PSG training due to a faceoff with Christophe Galtier.
He reportedly left training after discomfort with his abductor muscle.
Messi is said to have sought permission to leave early and the permission was granted.
Lionel Messi PSG future
Messi’s lucrative contract with PSG runs out at the end of the season. He has been linked to a move to the Middle East.
Al-Nassr’s rival, Al-Hilal, are reportedly ready to make a lucrative offer for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner that will see him eclipse Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest-paid player in the world.
The Saudi club are ready to table a £194m-a-year offer for Messi to lure him to the Saudi League.
His father and agent Jorge has been spotted in the gulf state and there are reports Saudi authorities hope to leverage on Jorge’s ambassadorial role to bring his son into Saudi Arabia.
The move could see him rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the biggest name in Saudi football.
His PSG exit rumors has been fueled by the failure of the two parties to broker a deal on a contract extension. Apart from the Al-Hilal link, Messi has equally been linked to a Barcelona return, including a move to the MLS.
This season, Lionel Messi has 13 French Ligue 1 goals with 13 assists in 22 games.
Before the Champions League exit, he scored 4 Champions League goals in 7 appearances for the club.
He earns a whooping £645,000-a-week at Parc Des Princes and will likely face the wrath of PSG ultras on Sunday if he beats the abductor muscle pains to play.
Rennes Vs PSG Kickoff And How To Watch
PSG will face Rennes in their next Ligue 1 game. The match will kick off at 19:45GMT at the Roazhon Park Stadium in Rennes.
The match will be stream live on various streaming sites such as Bein Sports and BT TV.
A win for PSG will see them consolidate their 10 point lead on the Premier League table.