Leo Messi's PSG career looks all but certain to finish at the end of this season. The French media have made all types of revelations around the future of Messi. Over the weekend most media outlets claimed he was heading back to Barcelona. However last night, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that Saudi club Al Hilal offered him €400m/year. It would be the biggest salary in football's history.
Messi is no longer appreciated by the PSG fans. They made him know he was not welcomed in Paris anymore against Lyon. They booed and whistled him all game long.
Some big names in French football like Thierry Henry have severely condemned and criticised the PSG fans after they whistled Lionel Messi in their game against Lyon.
It was revealed two weeks ago by French media outlet RMC Sport that Messi would be open to end his career in the MLS (American league). That news didn't really please the Paris fans.
Moreover over the weekend, they learnt that their Argentinia winger is more than closer to return to Barcelona. That was too much bad news for the PSG fans who have had enough of all these problems linked to the World Cup winner.
PSG fans whistling Messi
The fans made Messi know that he is not loved by them anymore straight from the warm up. The ultras behind the PSG goals were already booing and whistling one of their best players before the match even started.
However it got even worse when kickoff was given, every time he touched the ball the Parc des Princes, the booing got even more intense and louder. They even started chanting 'Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo oh oh oh!'
🗣️ Paris Saint-Germain taraftarlarının Lionel Messi'ye tepkisi.
Messi, takımının evinde Lyon'a 1-0 kaybettiği maçta 26 top kaybı yaptı.
— Socrates (@SocratesDergi) April 3, 2023
It was a terrible atmosphere in Paris on Sunday and the Paris fans were the only cause to that. The team lost 1-0 to Lyon thanks to a goal from 20-year-old Bradley Barcola.
Lionel Messi was hardlly involved. L'Equipe gave him a rating of 3/10 whilst Le Figaro gave him only 2/10 qualifying him as a "ghost on the pitch".
Reactions following the fans whistling
The big majority of football fans condemned the attitude of the PSG fans. French World Cup winner in 1998, Emmanuel Petit said on an RMC Sport program that the whistling was 'an insult to football'. He even recommended Messi to leave PSG:
When I see the whistles against Messi, it's an insult to football. If I have any advice for Messi: get out of this club! PSG is not a football club!
Thierry Henry also recommends that the 2022 World Cup winner leaves the club this summer for 'the love of football'. He qualified the jeering of the PSG fans as 'embarrassing':
It’s embarrassing to hear whistles from the Parc. You can’t whistle one of the best players on the team, who has 13 goals and 13 assists this season.
He also added that he would like to see Messi finish his career at Barcelona.
🚨 Thierry Henry: “Leo Messi should return to FC Barcelona. I would love to see him return to the club; he should finish his career there.” pic.twitter.com/nXo0FFtuFY
— Managing Barça (@ManagingBarca) April 2, 2023
Romano believes that Messi wants to stay in Europe but should the financials not work out at Barca, Saudi Arabia looks like a very attractive destination for the Argentine, who is already an ambassador for the country.