Lionel Messi’s spat with Pochettino
Perhaps it is the lofty expectations placed upon the shoulders of Lionel Messi, or perhaps it is the heartbreak of having to depart Barcelona, but the Argentine’s Paris Saint Germain career has not begun well.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 10, 2021
As the announcement video showed, Messi was expected to slot in seamlessly to an attack already consisting of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who are two of the best players in world football. However, this has proved not to be the case, with the Argentine yet to provide a goal or an assist for his new club.
French media have been quick to pick up on the downturn, with Le Parisien reporting that:
“Messi is withering. Head lower and lower, he walks and no longer weighs in the game”
Underlying tensions continued to simmer during the weekend’s fixture against Olympique Lyonnais, which the Parisians only won through a last-minute goal from Mauro Icardi following a Kylian Mbappe cross.
Messi, however, was no longer on the pitch. He had been substituted 15 minutes from time, and the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner was evidently less than impressed with the decision, as, in making his way past his new boss on the touchline, Messi appeared to reject the efforts of his fellow countryman to shake his hand.
Pochettino wanted to shake Messi’s hand but Leo refused 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/MPHnxC3BaP
— 🪄🇳🇱 (@FDJChief) September 19, 2021
Messi to miss Metz
There may, however, have been an altogether more reasonable explanation to Messi’s withdrawal from proceedings, as PSG today confirmed that the Argentine will miss their upcoming tie with Metz due to an injury to his left knee, which was identified following an MRI scan on Tuesday morning.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) September 21, 2021
Of course, PSG’s stable of World-class attackers means that they should be able to cope without their newest addition, but it further clouds what has been a tricky start for Messi since departing Barcelona.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.