Messi doesn’t deserve ovation from fans after World Cup win – Former PSG star, Rothen

Paris Saint-Germain superstars, Lionel Messi received a guard of honour from his teammates and staff following his return to the club after his triumph at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Newspremises understands.

Messi led Argentina to lift their first World Cup trophy in 36 years, in Qatar last December.

However, Jerome Rothen, a former PSG player his of the opinion that, Messi doesn’t deserve a big ovation from the club’s fans at Parc des Princes after winning the World Cup with Argentina.


Rothen feels the Barcelona legend completely wasted his first year at PSG and deserved boos from the League 1 Champions supporters.

The 35-year-old had a season to forget when he moved from Barcelona to join PSG in 2021.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner scored just six goals in the league that season.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Rothen said, “He [Lionel Messi] has been at PSG for a year and a half, and the first year was completely wasted. I don’t mind there being time to adapt but Leo, for me, his attitude for a year was too far, like Neymar and that is why there was a lot of criticism of them.

“Yes, they [the fans] went too far last year, some insulted him. But that was because they were like me: we were crazy to see Messi in [the French] Ligue 1 and we were extremely disappointed. And there, you’re going to ask them, with the World Cup, to give him an ovation? And there, he’s going to seek comfort? No, no, no.”

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