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Messi lies on ground during free kick; viral images irk commentators

Some fans saw the postures of Messi as humility of the six-times winner of Ballon d'Or while many others saw it as a mark of disrespect


On 28 September, Paris Saint-Germain had won painstakingly against Manchester City in the Champions League, 2-0. Today, news of somewhat unsportsmanlike by the legendary Lionel Messi is doing the rounds.

In the evening of yesterday, Lionel Messi opened his counter with PSG in style. The Argentinian scored on a strike from outside the box after a fantastic ride. A sequence that did not fail to mar the painful victory of Paris. Today images of what he did at one point during the have gone viral.

In the last moments of the match, Manchester City get an interesting freekick. As Riyad Mahrez is about to kick, Messi lies down behind the wall of defenders.

Some fans saw it as a gesture of humility on the part of the six-times winner of Ballon d’Or while many others saw it as showing disrespect. Rio Ferdinand, now a consultant for an English television channel, belongs to the second group.

Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester Cit

In remarks transcribed by RMC Sport, he said: “When Mauricio Pochettino asked him to do that on the training ground, someone should have intervened and said: ‘No, no, no, this is not happening. not to Lionel Messi’. You cannot. It’s disrespectful. If I had been on the team, I would say, ‘No, I’m going to lie down for you.’ I couldn’t let him lie down like that. I can’t see this. He does not soil his jersey. That’s not what Messi is doing.”

Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain lies behind the Paris Saint-Germain wall as they defend a free kick

Ferdinand’s teammate Owen Hargreaves agreed saying he “couldn’t believe it.”

Messi opened his PSG goal scoring account since joining in the summer with a goal in the 74th minute to help his side to a 2-0 victory over his coach Pep Guardiola.

On 10 July, Argentina defeated hosts Brazil 1–0 in the final, giving Messi his first major international title and Argentina’s first since 1993, as well as his nation’s joint record 15th Copa América overall.

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