Between embarrassment and anger, the whistles on Messi made the entire football world react
After the stormy reception that the Parc des Princes reserved for Lionel Messi in the reception of Bordeaux (3-0), the French and foreign media are angry about this event.
Parisians lived a very special Sunday. After the new disappointment in the Champions League, and the departure from the round of 16 against Real Madrid (1-0, 1-3), Mauricio Pochettino’s players whistled excessively in a large part of the meeting. Two players have been favorite targets of the capital club’s supporters, Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Football really has no memory… Too bad. I am always with you brothers
While the former responded by sharing two stories on Instagram, the Argentinian was unmoved. But Park’s whistles on the way to the seven-time golden ball were badly seen by the entire football planet.
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Many football personalities have criticized the attitude of the Parc des Princes
Luis Suarez, his former teammate at FC Barcelona, where he won the Champions League, sent him a message on social networks “As usual, football has no memory. Always with you. I love you“, by publishing a photo of three former MSN friends. The former player of FC Barcelona from 2011 to 2014, Cesc Fabregas, who faced Pulga and Neymar, supported the words of Luis Suarez, posting on his twitter account “Football really has no memory… Too bad. I am always with you brothers“.
Before them, it was a very close friend of La Pulga, Sergio Aguero, who also brought out the barbed wire. Criticized by the French press following his missed penalty in the first leg against Real Madrid, Lionel Messi received the support of his compatriot and great friend. The latter was brought to a live on the Twitch platform by declaring “Heck, this punishment from Leo. In addition, he played well against Real, he broke the lines. I can’t say that because I’m his friend, but because he’s kind. He is active. In France, magazines and newspapers killed him. They are assholes“. The former Manchester City striker did not speak and also admitted to refusing an interview with a French media, to show his support to his friend from the Albiceleste selection.
Also in France, Ligue 1 observers felt disgust and anger at Park’s treatment of Lionel Messi. Johan Micoud, a former French international turned consultant, said on his twitter account: “No but seriously how can you whistle Messi every time he touches the ball..? We really hit rock bottom.. We can only see this in France.. So sad! We just don’t deserve him… in my opinion he will leave this summer, and he will be right“.
The journalist from The teamVincent Duluc also returned, in an edit, to these whistles against the seven-time Golden Ball, directly attacking the supporters of Paris: “But is it really his audience? Since he is far away from Barcelona, The Park is not his garden, it is an exile. PSG supporters criticized him for being the same as Karim Benzema and for having fewer goals in the Ligue 1 season (2) than the Madrid player in seventeen minutes of the Champions League (3). They blame him for believing that he will win them the Champions League, which he has done only once since 2011, in 2015. They blame him because he is not what he used to be. In England on Sunday, Gary Lineker struggled to recover from these images of Lionel Messi being booed by Park with every touch of the ball. Here too and everywhere else. We spent our time wondering if Messi was bigger than PSG, and, at the end of the season, we now know that his supporters are smaller.“.
Foreign press complains about treatment reserved for “La Pulga”
On the foreign press side, brand, AS o Mundo Deportivo everyone is surprised by these whistles and talking about “weaknessin the face of Lionel Messi and Neymar. Meanwhile, Spanish journalist Qui Domenech explained that the last Copa América winner had “wants to return to Barça“and no need”do not rule out this hypothesis“because it will be Messi”I’m glad to meet youto return to Barcelonaaccording to his words in the program El Chiringuito, very popular in Spain.
In England, Gary Lineker, former star of Leicester and the British selection, turned consultant, was annoyed by the whistles of the supporters of the capital club against one of the best players in the history of football. On his twitter account, the former FC Barcelona player posted a video of whistles with a simple caption, a vomiting emoji:
The Argentinian correspondent in Europe for ESPN, Christian Martin criticized the French press in February, who will go after Lionel Messi by saying “lack of professionalism“. The Argentinian journalist elaborated his remarks by explaining that in the country where the sun rises, this treatment is considered “there is no objectivity with bad intentions in relation to match analysis “. Christian Martin is not kind to the French journalists who, according to him, are lacking “knowingly or maliciously“. The countryman of the number 30 of PSG expressed the feelings of the Argentines on the criticisms made against the king of the child: “We had this understanding for several months. At first it was the beginning of a relationship, we had love and passion when Leo came to Paris. But we expect this to change in the winter. The French league is tough, it’s not as easy as people think. But we were surprised and disappointed by the lack of professionalism. If there is ill will or a lack of knowledge, it is a lack of professionalism“.
“Let’s not play patriot now”: Gallardo carries a downside
A small nuance was brought by Marcelo Gallardo, the coach of River Plate. Asked about the whistles suffered by Lionel Messi, the Argentine coach said: “We mistreated him too. Let’s not play patriots now. Remember Let’s have a memory. I strongly disagree (with the whistles). But in football, nothing surprises me“.
Lionel Messi is really disliked by the Albiceleste supporters because he has not been able to win titles with the selection. The former Barça player also ended his international career at the age of 29 after losing the Copa America final against Chile in 2016. The Argentines then shot Lionel Messi, accusing him of giving up as a coward, before completely back. Note that Lionel Messi has already experienced this situation.
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