Sergio Aguero has gone on a rant in response to Lionel Messi’s criticism, calling elements of the French media “a**holes.”
Messi has come under fire since joining PSG from Barcelona in the summer, with the French press dissatisfied with his performances.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has only scored twice in the league this season and has been seen strolling about during PSG matches at times.
However, his buddy and former international teammate Sergio Aguero has now defended him with a rage-filled diatribe about the media on one of his Twitch live streams.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeated Real Madrid 1-0 in the opening leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie, however Messi was chastised for missing a penalty and being generally unproductive in attack.
Aguero, on the other hand, has backed Messi, claiming that the French media has a vendetta against the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
What did Aguero say?
Speaking on his Twitch channel, Aguero said: “Leo played well, he broke lines. I’m not saying that because he’s a friend, but because he played hard. He was good and very active.
“In France, magazines and newspapers killed him. They are a**holes. I had an interview scheduled with a French magazine, but I said: ‘No, because I support Leo Messi. Period. So goodbye, see you soon.’ Now I’m angry.”
What have the critics said?
Messi’s penalty miss against Real Madrid was the key talking point, with Thibaut Courtois diving to his left to deny the Argentine in the 61st minute.
Mbappe rescued Messi by scoring the game-winning goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, and the former Barcelona star was widely chastised as a result.
Indeed, the French publication L’Equipe rated Messi three out of ten in their player evaluations, while experts and commentators chimed in, with former PSG forward Jerome Rothen going so far as to declare Messi offers the Ligue 1 leaders “nothing.”
“Of course, in terms of merchandise, it’s amazing to have attracted Leo Messi,” he told RMC Sport. People go to PSG to watch Messi play. But you have to admit that he adds nothing to PSG in terms of athleticism.
“The main issue is that this was a terrific match, and that’s where we want the best players to perform, and today it was more of a drag than anything else.”
“There are technical blunders, ball losses, and missed penalties, but that can happen to anyone.” Above all, it’s his behavior. He glances down at his boots, as though he’s unhappy.”