Messi closes his time at PSG between slight whistles and a defeat without a collective reaction | Cuyo’s diary

Messi closes his time at PSG between slight whistles and a defeat without a collective reaction |  Cuyo’s diary

2023-06-04 00:17:51

The Argentine star Lionel Messi closed his two-year cycle at Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday with the contempt of a sector of the fans and a 3-2 defeat against Clermont, which exhibited the fragile temperament of the French soccer champion.

The last commitment of the season seemed like a procedure due to the goals of the Spanish Sergio Ramos (16m.) and Kylian Mbappé (21m.), from a penalty, but it turned into a blushing setback against the lifting of the visit with goals from Johan Gastien ( 24m.), Mehdi Zeffane (46m.) and Grejohn Kyei (63m.).

The Argentine’s last ball as a Parisian player was a free kick close to the area that could have made it 3-3 but was denied by goalkeeper Mory Diaw with a save in the upper left corner.

His wife Antonela Roccuzzo, sitting in the box in the Parc des Princes with their children, regretted the action that would have meant a series-worthy ending for the captain of the world champion in Qatar 2022.

Messi’s departure from the field of play occurred naturally, between greetings to his teammates and rivals, and with absolute indifference from the stands, which earlier again gave him slight whistles when the voice from the stadium announced the line-ups.

A while before the match, in a strange decision to say the least, the club officially confirmed Messi’s departure at the end of his contract on June 30 with a statement.

“After two seasons in the capital, the adventure between Leo Messi and Paris Saint-Germain will come to an end at the end of the 2022-23 season. The club wishes him, with emotion, many more successes for Leo in the rest of his race. #MerciMessi”, was the message published on social networks two hours after the initial whistle.

“I want to thank Leo Messi for his two seasons in Paris. Seeing a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner in our team and at the Parc des Princes, winning back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and inspiring our youngest players has been a pleasure. His contribution to PSG and Ligue 1 cannot be underestimated. We wish Leo and his family all the best for the future,” said the club’s president, Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Messi leaves PSG two years after his arrival, with a balance of three titles (two Ligue 1 and one French Super Cup) and a record of 32 goals and 34 assists in 75 games.

In the current season, the Argentine was the team’s second highest scorer (16 goals) behind Kylian Mbappé (29) and the top assister in all of Ligue 1 with 16 assists.

The consecration of the team in Ligue 1 2022/23 occurred last Saturday thanks to a goal of his in the draw with Racing Strasbourg (1-1), away.

However, Messi received continuous harassment from a sector of the PSG bias since the team’s elimination in the European Champions League, a trophy absent from the club’s windows, which became an obsession since the arrival of the owners qatari

Detractors point to him for his low incidence in the round of 16 series against Bayern Münich of Germany, lost 3-0 on aggregate, and they also look at him with suspicion for his crowning in Qatar 2022 after winning the final against France.

Messi has been whistled and booed in most of the matches played this year at the Parc des Princes, but the situation worsened in early May because he missed training due to a trip to Saudi Arabia to meet business commitments.

The club’s board, which in those days had received the news that the Argentine would not renew his contract, suspended him for two weeks and a group of fans gathered at the PSG offices and the vicinity of his home to insult him.

The sanction was finally cut to a week after Messi offered his apologies through a video posted on his Instagram account. In the release, he explained that, at the time of deciding his flight to Saudi Arabia, the Parisian squad had two days off, something that changed due to a defeat in the French championship.

The Argentine was notified of the practice on Monday, May 1 when he was already traveling and the leadership decided to punish him in a measure that had a tone of spite for his decision to leave the institution as of June 30.

Messi still hasn’t decided where he will play from next season. Barcelona, ​​his home, seems complicated in accounting engineering to comply with the financial fair play of LaLiga in Spain and enable the Argentine’s contract.

The next thing for the star will be his return to the Argentine team to face the friendlies against Australia and Indonesia on the next FIFA date.

= Summary of the 38th. date =

. Hoy: Ajaccio 1-Olympique de Marsella (Leonardo Balerdi) 0; Auxerre 1-Lens 3; Brest 1-Rennes 2; Lorient 2-Racing Estrasburgo 1; Monaco 1-Toulouse 2; Nantes 1-Angers 0; Niza 3-Olympique de Lyon (Nicolás Tagliafico) 1; PSG 2-Clermont 3; Reims 1-Montpellier 3 and Troyes 1-Lille 1.

* Positions: PSG 85 points; Lens 84; Marseille 73; Rennes 68; Lille 67; Monaco 65; Lyons 62; Clermont 59; Nice 58; Lorient 55; Reims 51; Montpellier 50; Toulouse 48; Brest 44; Racing Strasbourg 40; Nantes 36; Auxerre 35; Ajaccio 26; Troyes 24 and Angers 18.

. Champion: PSG.

. Classified to the Champions League: PSG, Lens and Marseille.

. Classified to the Europa League: Rennes.

. Qualified for the UEFA Nations League: Lille.

. Descended: Angers, Troyes, Ajaccio and Auxerre.

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