Paris Saint-Germain are beginning to understand what it takes to manage a true legend of the game. The arrival of Lionel Messi has brought its peculiarities.
Neymar and Mbappe may be superstars in their rights, but Lionel Messi is a different prospect. The Argentine is news on or off the pitch, and perhaps the only player that can go toe-to-toe with him is the Portuguese maestro - Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi is yet to set the French capital alight, and while Paris Saint-Germain try to get the best out of the Argentine, a new problem has reared its head.
Lionel Messi's invite for Argentina's upcoming matches has left a sour taste in the mouth of the club sportingctor Leonardo.
The Argentine national team draws the ire of PSG
While PSG’s fans are still waiting for the Messi they watched at Barcelona to eventually show up, Argentina has decided to give them the middle finger with the latest invitation of their captain for their upcoming match.
In recent weeks, the Argentine captain has battled with knee and hamstring issues. Despite his struggles with injuries, Messi was on a jet to Argentina on Sunday to report for duty with Argentina.
Leonardo is unhappy with the situation, and the Brazilian did not hold back.
Messi has not been at his best this season, and it has been down to several fitness issues that have slowed down the 34-year-old. Perhaps he has also struggled with issues off the pitch, with the player recently admitting he was hurt at statements by Barcelona’s Laporta. He has failed to score a league goal for PSG since he arrived from Barcelona in August. Of the 13 league matches PSG has played this season, Messi has missed nine.
Leonardo vents at Argentina
Leonardo believes that Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has shown great disrespect to PSG with the recent invitation of the Albiceleste captain. Leonardo said as per Le Parisien that Scaloni was aware of the physical conditions of Messi, which makes him unable to play, but still invited him for their upcoming matches against Brazil and Uruguay.
PSG are not entirely blameless in this affair. Messi, who captained the Albiceleste to victory at the 2021 Copa America for his first senior international trophy, has been keen to add to that by winning the World Cup in Qatar next year.