Thierry Henry Details Why Lionel Messi Struggled at PSG With Neymar and Mbappe

Thierry Henry Details Why Lionel Messi Struggled at PSG With Neymar and Mbappe

Chukwu Ikechukwu
September 18, 2023 at 11:13 AM
  • Thierry Henry has defended Lionel Messi's spell at Paris Saint-Germain
  • Messi failed to live up to expectations during his two-year spell at PSG
  • The veteran joined Inter Miami when his PSG deal expired this summer

Thierry Henry has blamed Paris Saint-Germain’s structure as the reason why Lionel Messi struggled to impress during his two-year stint with the French champions.

The 36-year-old superstar left the Ligue 1 club amid much criticism from supporters and pundits following an underwhelming spell which saw him score just 32 goals in 75 matches.

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Lionel Messi left Paris Saint-Germain after two seasons as he struggled to hit the heights with the Ligue 1 champions. Photo by Anadolu Agency
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According to GOAL, Henry has now come to the aid of Messi, claiming the five-time Ballon d’Or winner failed to shine despite playing alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe due to a lack of structure at PSG.

“I was once again talking about structure, organisation. I know you're going to laugh again, but how do you play with all three [Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe] at the same time?
"When Messi played with the Argentina team, a structure. There are not three Messis, just him. You put him in a framework where he alone is the boss, and he will shine."

Messi won three trophies at PSG, including two Ligue 1 titles, before deciding not to renew his contract with the French club and joining Inter Miami as a free agent this summer.

Atlanta United troll Lionel Messi

Meanwhile, Atlanta United has taken a swipe at Messi after they ended Inter Miami’s unbeaten run, with the Argentina superstar missing after he was given a day to rest, Football Espana reports.

The 35-year-old was not listed in the Herons' matchday squad as they were thrashed 5-2 away from home, their first defeat in 13 games since the Argentine veteran arrived at the club in June.

Atlanta United would later take on social media to throw shade at Messi after the former Barcelona star ordered a pizza which seemed to consist only of tomatoes and no cheese, causing a furore online.

Why Messi will beat Haaland to Ballon d’Or

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Messi heading to another Ballon d'Or award after he led Argentina to a FIFA World Cup victory in December last year in Qatar.

However, he has since received solid competition from Erling Haaland, who starred in a flawless Manchester City side which completed the European treble.

The World Cup trophy is undoubtedly the most important trophy in world football, with Messi finally winning it on his fifth attempt after years of disappointment.

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