PSG President Slams Lionel Messi for 'Disrespecting' the French Club After His Exit to MLS

PSG President Slams Lionel Messi for 'Disrespecting' the French Club After His Exit to MLS

Fred Kennedy
updated at January 11, 2024 at 3:19 PM
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  • Lionel Messi has previously spoken negatively about his time with PSG
  • He spent two years at Parc des Princes after his Barcelona departure
  • Messi made an impressive 67 goal contributions for PSG in 75 matches

Paris Saint-Germain president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi has called out Lionel Messi over his apparent 'disrespect' of the club.

The Argentina legend spent two seasons at the French club after he departed Barcelona in the summer of 2021.

Despite winning multiple titles at Parc des Princes, Messi clearly did not enjoy his time with the Parisians.

Lionel Messi poses with his jersey next to PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi at Parc des Princes. Photo by Sebastien Muylaert.
Lionel Messi poses with his jersey next to PSG President, Nasser Al Khelaifi at Parc des Princes. Photo by Sebastien Muylaert.
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According to Goal, the forward has since come out with some less-than-positive words while reflecting on his stint at PSG.

Back in August 2023, the eight-time Ballon d'Or winner disclosed that he hated life there, stating the team 'had it rough'.

Messi slammed for 'disrespecting' PSG

Months on, PSG chief, Al-Khelaifi has responded to Messi's criticism of the French club. Speaking to RMC Sport, he said:

"We talk when we are there, not when we are gone. I have great respect for [Messi] but if someone wants to talk badly about Paris Saint-Germain after [his departure], it’s not good."
"That's not respect... He's not a bad guy, but I don't like that. It's not just for him, but for everyone," Al-Khelaifi added.

Meanwhile, Messi has gone on to move to Major League Soccer after he sealed a free transfer to Inter Miami.

His switch to the Florida-based outfit brought to a close an illustrious career in Europe that had seen him win four UEFA Champions League titles.

Messi to play at iconic NFL ground

Sports Brief also previously reported that Messi will play at Arrowhead Stadium when his Inter Miami side faces Sporting Kansas in April.

Sporting Kansas's home ground of Children's Mercy Park can only accommodate 18,000 fans compared to the 76,000 capacity of Arrowhead.

The move to take the Herons' game to a bigger stadium has been blasted by some fans, who believe the decision is solely about the money.

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