France Legend Reacts After Lionel Messi Got Booed by PSG Fans

France Legend Reacts After Lionel Messi Got Booed by PSG Fans

Isaac Darko
April 3, 2023 at 6:19 PM
  • A video captured Thierry Henry reacting to Lionel Messi being heckled by PSG fans
  • The Argentine was subjected to boos and whistles before the Ligue 1 game against Lyon
  • The Parisians were defeated thanks to Bradley Barcola's early strike in the second half

Legendary France forward, Thierry Henry has reacted to Lionel Messi being jeered by Paris Saint-Germain fans on Sunday night.

The Parisians suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Olympique Lyon, with Togolese-born Bradley Barcola netting the only goal of the match.

It was a second consecutive defeat for Christophe Galtier's side and leaves them only six points clear of both Lens and Marseille on the Ligue 1 table.

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Thierry Henry has reacted to Lionel Messi being jeered by Paris Saint-Germain fans. Credit: @psgreport
Source: Twitter

Messi faced the wrath of PSG's fanbase ahead of their game against Olympique Lyon, as supporters jeered at his name being announced.

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As his details appeared on screens at Parc des Princes, fans whistled and booed from the home section.

Why did fans heckle Messi?

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has been in the bad books of a section of the club's supporters since their round-of-16 Champions League exit against Bayern Munich.

According to the fans, Messi does not give his best when he turns up for Les Parisiens as compared to performances for his home country of Argentina, per ESPN.

The supporters are not convinced the former Barcelona star wants to extend his contract with PSG and there are doubts regarding his future.

Messi's deal in the French capital comes to an end at the end of the season and reports suggest a possible return to Camp Nou.

For some PSG fans, allowing the 2022 World Cup winner to leave Parc des Princes will lower the wage and allow them to strengthen their squad.

Henry reacts to Messi heckling

The actions of the PSG fans did not go down well with Henry, who was on punditry duty for the home game against Olympique Lyon.

He said, via Prime Video Sport France:

“It’s embarrassing hearing the whistles from the Parc. You can’t whistle at one of the best players on the team with 13 goals and 13 assists. I want to see Lionel Messi end his career in Barcelona for the love of football."

Henry: Messi must quit PSG

The French legend, who played alongside Messi at Barcelona between 2007 and 2010, wants his former teammate to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

The Argentine's current deal with PSG expires at the end of the season, with negotiations between his team and the club reportedly hitting a roadblock.

In the wake of continued booing and whistling from Parisians' fans, Henry wants Messi to quit PSG and make a move to one of his many suitors in Europe.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)
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