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Football superstar still intends to stay at Paris Saint-Germain despite media treatment, reports claim

Paris Saint-Germain ace Lionel Messi is said to be angered by the criticism received from the French media for his performances this season.

Messi left boyhood club FC Barcelona as a free agent last summer after his contract expired and the cash-strapped Catalans couldn’t navigate La Liga’s strict salary cap when they offered him a new contract.

Since switching allegiance to the Ligue 1 giants, Messi has enjoyed mixed fortunes with PSG leading to ratings as low as three and four out of 10 from sports magazine L’Equipe which left him perplexed, according to Le Parisien.

The French newspaper claims the topic was discussed in the Parc des Princes dressing room after Messi shared his confusion with some of PSG’s senior players.

Messi sees the criticism as unfair, according to the outlet, with the issue coming to a head after Messi missed a penalty against Real Madrid in a Champions League knockout first leg that eventually won 1-0 thanks to a late Kylian Mbappe winner.

Argentina captain Messi was given a miserly three rating for his performance by L’Equipe, who said “There is something sad in seeing him like that” and that “this Messi is worrying”.

Football’s best friend and former Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero also echoed French media’s treatment of Messi and wavered in a Twitch rant that “French Magazines and Newspapers”which are “like”, “killed him”.

“What is this Leo penalty story [is]”, mocked the Manchester City legend. “He played well, broke the lines. He was good and very active.

Another former colleague of ex-Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas, who grew up with Messi at famed La Masia academy, also took offense and questioned the critics in an interview with Mundo Deportivo.

“He missed a penalty. So what ? Fabregas asked. “Judging him on that seems ridiculous to me. Football is so much more than that. [Real Madrid’s Thibaut] Courtois is a fantastic goalkeeper, and he has merit.” Fabregas added.


“Without being stellar, he had a good game” Fabregas insisted. “He left Mbappe alone in the first half with a pass that none of the other 21 players on the pitch would be able to do. He went well between the lines; he gave Neymar another pass that could have been a goal.”

Reports claim that despite the treatment, Messi intends to stay at PSG where he has a two-year contract with the option of an additional season.

His return of seven goals in 23 appearances this season is low by Messi standards, but the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner leads Ligue 1 in assists with Mbappe amassing 10 for his team-mates so far.

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