Lionel Messi: PSG Fans Storm Miami With Disrespectful Banner Insulting Argentine Star

Lionel Messi: PSG Fans Storm Miami With Disrespectful Banner Insulting Argentine Star

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
August 28, 2023 at 7:15 AM
  • Fans of Paris Saint-Germain have seemingly reiterated their displeasure with Lionel Messi
  • PSG ultras reportedly made their presence felt in Miami to send a clear message to the star
  • The Argentine veteran's two-year stint in Paris fell significantly short of his lofty standards

Fans of Paris Saint-Germain reportedly descended upon Miami recently to express their discontent with the legendary Argentine forward.

Messi, who departed PSG after a two-year stint to join Inter Miami in MLS this summer, had a complex relationship with the club's fanbase, with things souring after the 2022 World Cup.

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PSG fans reportedly displayed a banner insulting Lionel Messi. Photo credit: @PSGhub @brfootball
Source: Twitter

The 36-year-old, who inspired La Albiceleste to a third World Cup victory by defeating France in a post-match penalty shootout, was labelled a mercenary by some supporters, per The Athletic.

Messi appears to have put his challenging period with PSG in the rearview mirror by scoring goals and transforming the fortunes of the Florida-based franchise.

However, a segment of diehard Les Parisiens fans known as the ultras reportedly travelled to Miami to remind the illustrious Argentine of their feelings for him, All Football reports.

In photographs circulating on social media, fans said to be representing PSG's most fanatical supporters brought along a large banner expressing their dissatisfaction with Messi.

The banner read: "Messi: finally rid of the rude."

It is believed this is the same banner displayed by the ultras at their home ground of Parc des Princes, in protest of another recent departure and so-called mercenary: Neymar Junior.

Messi nets goal on MLS debut

Despite the acrimony from fans of PSG, Messi scored on his MLS debut for Inter Miami with a close-range strike in the 89th minute against the New York Red Bulls, Sports Brief reported.

Benjamin Cremaschi found the Argentine with a cross after the latter made a great run inside the box, in a fantastic team goal which started with a superb pass by Jordi Alba to his captain.

Messi mania storms New York

Meanwhile, soccer fans in the United States watched Messi score at Times Square on his MLS debut for Inter Miami in the game against the New York Red Bulls.

As Sports Brief reported, he scored a close-range strike in the 89th minute to seal the 2-0 win, with fans celebrating as the Herons claimed a victory.

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