Ligue 1: Lionel Messi’s nightmare in France continues from being unable to find a home to being mobbed by fans and sitting out due to injury- The transfer move that made all the headlines in the summer transfer window- Lionel Messi from Barcelona to PSG has not worked out well so far. The 34-year-old joined the French giants last month in a £1million-a-week deal, but he has struggled on the pitch from his three outings. The Argentine made his debut in the UEFA Champions League match against Club Brugge and has failed to score or provide an assist for the French club.
Liverpool legend Michael Owen stated that Lionel Messi makes PSG weaker. He said on BT Sport: “As much as we drool over them, this PSG team with those forwards, they’re all phenomenal players in their own right. But three together makes it weaker for me and I don’t really understand why they’re one of the favorites for it [the Champions League].”
“I think the English teams [Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Man Utd] are far, far superior.” continued Owen. “I almost feel as though the signing of the likes of [Gianluigi] Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos gives them more of a chance of winning it than the signing of someone like Messi.”
Pochettino on pairing Messi with Mbappe, Neymar and Di Maria: “Leo Messi and Angel Di Maria, or Leo Messi and Neymar Jr. know eachother, we have to integrate Mbappe into that. I think this will take some time but the end result will surely be an incredible one. Time will tell.” pic.twitter.com/IiYquRVSJR
— Enock Essel Niccolo Makaville (@EsselKobina39) September 23, 2021
Ligue 1: Lionel Messi is struggling to settle in Paris, is yet to find a new home, says teammate Di Maria
Lionel Messi is finding it difficult to get comfortable in Paris with the Argentina superstar yet to find a new home with his family. PSG’s new number 30’s teammate Angel Di Maria has been quoted saying the player’s current personal position is not as comfortable as it looks.
According to reports in El Pais, Sergio Ramos has invited Lionel Messi and his family to move in with him if they don’t want to stay in a hotel. The 35-year-old defender is open to welcoming the whole Messi family to Ramos’ house as they continue to settle down in Paris.
Argentine newspaper Ole, via Bild, quotes Di Maria describing Messi’s current living situation as “not easy for him“.
Di Maria says: “When Leo comes to dinner, there are always motorbikes or cars nearby. The people here are very respectful and if we go out they’ll leave you alone.
“Now, with Leo, we have nowhere to go.”
Messi is yet to find a house in Paris for himself, his wife Antonella, and their three sons Thiago, Matteo, and Ciro.
Ligue 1: Lionel Messi injury
Though Pochettino declared that he was substituted for tactical reasons and that Messi was ‘okay‘ as he walked to the dugout.
🇬🇧 Messi has a small injury on his left leg.
🇫🇷 Messi a une petite blessure à la jambe gauche.
🇪🇦 Messi tiene una pequeña lesión en su pierna izquierda pic.twitter.com/IzhOYlwGYG
— SinConciencia (@ihumphreybogart) September 20, 2021
However, on Tuesday, PSG announced that the 2021 Copa America champion has suffered a bone contusion on his left knee.
Messi was taken off in the 75th minute of his home debut on Sunday when PSG beat Lyon 2-1 in the league. Lionel Messi missed the Ligue 1 clash against Metz in which PSG won 2-1 and Achraf Hakimi scored a brace.
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said he took the decision to replace Messi after noticing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner repeatedly touched his knee. Messi, who hit the crossbar with a curling free-kick, looked angry at being taken off.