On 28 September, Paris Saint-Germain had won painstakingly against Manchester City in the Champions League, 2-0. Today, news of somewhat unsportsmanlike behaviour 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 game 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 sports 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.
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.”
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 former 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.