Badly integrated into Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi sometimes did as he pleased during training.
Tongues are loosened around Lionel Messi and his time at Paris Saint-Germain. Since the Argentinian brought up the subject first, admitting that he was “unhappy” in the French capital, Jérôme Rothen allowed himself this Thursday on RMC to throw out a few files that he had had under his elbow for a little while. “We mopped up all that because it was not the time to talk about it”explains the former Monaco player.
Rothen notably returned to the famous day when Lionel Messi left hastily from training. A Parisian tweeter well informed about the club, Djamel, had assured that the Argentinian was fed up with the content of Christophe Galtier’s sessions. PSG had firmly denied this version on the pretext of an arch-false injury.
“He didn’t want to adapt”
“It was all wrong, absolutely wrong. The reason ? Mr. was fed up with what he was offered in training. It was certainly a day when his children suffered in my opinion…”, quipped Rothen, referring to Messi’s remarks about his family’s discomfort in Paris. But seeing a major player leave a training session annoys Rothen: “It shows how much he respected his coach and his teammates. »
Besides, Messi had a tendency to have some whims about training. “He very often wanted to change the pace of training, reveals Rothen. He didn’t want to train in the morning. He has told the staff several times that training in the morning is not good. That you have to train in the afternoon. Fortunately the staff did not give up. It shows that he wanted to change some things and he didn’t want to adapt. »