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“Messi’s PSG Flop: A ‘Massive Disappointment’ Before Miami Move”

Lionel Messi has described his time at his former club Paris Saint-Germain as “extremely challenging,” expressing his disappointment at two consecutive unsuccessful attempts in the Champions League, which he considered a “major letdown.” The 36-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on June 24, faced frequent booing during his final months at the Parc des Princes. He also received criticism amidst protests against the hierarchy of the Ligue 1 club in May. In his last home game for PSG, a portion of the crowd targeted the Argentine superstar, but Messi acknowledged the group of supporters who stood by him. “Messi’s PSG Flop: A ‘Massive Disappointment Before Miami Move”.

Following his departure from PSG, Messi, who will now be joining Inter Miami in the MLS, expressed his disappointment over the failure to secure Champions League success in successive seasons, which he regarded as a “massive disappointment.” Reflecting on his relationship with the PSG supporters, Messi shared with beIN Sports, “Initially, it was something wonderful. However, some people began treating me differently, a faction among the Paris supporters.” “Messi’s PSG Flop: A ‘Massive Disappointment’ Before Miami Move”.

“In the beginning, I felt it was something wonderful,” Messi explained in an interview with beIN Sports. His decision to join PSG in the summer of 2021, after an illustrious 17-year career at Barcelona, was influenced by his affection for the club and the presence of friends in the dressing room. “I arrived late, without a pre-season. It was a difficult start for me and my family.” Messi added, “I believe the majority still see me and treat me as they did initially, but there was a division with a significant group of Paris fans, which was never my intention, far from it.”

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He believed these factors would facilitate his adaptation process compared to other potential destinations. After 17 seasons at Barcelona, the 36-year-old signed for PSG in the summer of 2021 but will now head to Inter Miami in the MLS after leaving the French capital. “It happened just as it did with [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar before.” Messi acknowledged that some people behave in this manner.

“I will remember those who respected me, just as I have respected everyone since my arrival, and that’s all.” However, the reality proved more challenging than anticipated, requiring adjustment to a new game plan, new teammates, and a new city. Messi’s first season with PSG, during which he scored 11 goals in 34 games, was made even tougher when he contracted Covid during the winter break in Argentina, leading to a month-long absence.

“I know that’s how they behave. I will remember those who respected me, just as I have respected everyone since my arrival, and that’s all.” Messi admitted to the difficulties he faced during the early stages of his time at PSG, emphasizing the time it took for him to regain his physical form. He also mentioned that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which he won with Argentina, had its toll on him.

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Messi expressed uncertainty about whether Argentina’s victory over France in the World Cup final played a role in the treatment he received. “But, well, I will remember those who respected me, just as I have respected everyone since my arrival, and that’s all. It’s just an anecdote.” His delayed arrival at PSG was due to his participation in the Copa America, where he led Argentina to victory.

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