Traveling on Sunday evening with his PSG team near Auxerre, Lionel Messi was treated to a rather cold reception from part of the public. The attitude of the spectators was denounced by Giovanni Castaldi.
Arrived in disaster at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021 after being gently pushed out by FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi never really integrated into his new club. Yet welcomed like a prince by the supporters, the sevenfold Ballon d’Or ultimately never returned the love that the latter proposed to offer him and a distortion ended up widening between the two parties. So much so that Lionel Messi ended up being regularly booed by some of the PSG fans, especially when announcing the names of the players before each meeting. A trend that has taken place many times at the Parc des Princes and which was repeated on Sunday at the Abbé-Deschamps stadium. Not to the taste of some observers.
Because even if it is not surprising that the public whistles the opposing players, Lionel Messi was more particularly targeted than the other Parisian players by the Burgundian public, when the team compositions were announced. Present to follow the meeting for the channel The Team, Giovanni Castaldi expressed his dismay at this attitude. ” It surprised me, but when Lionel Messi was announced, it whistled in part of the stadium in the Abbé-Deschamps bays. I still find it surprising… That the Parisian supporters can whistle Messi, personally I don’t understand it and it’s something that I find totally ridiculous, but when there too we start whistling Messi, it’s perhaps to be the fashion in France, but I find it a very pathetic fashion. »
Two games left
At the end of the contract with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, the 2022 world champion with Argentina should not stay in France. He only has two Ligue 1 games left to play before setting sail and heading for new adventures, perhaps with a Saudi accent, or even American or Catalan. As for the Ligue 1 public, they still have two games to see one of the best players in the history of football play on their lawns. Will he whistle it to the end?