Lionel Messi blasted by French press as patience begins to run thin with PSG star
Lionel Messi has go’t off to a relatively sl’ow sta:rt since making the m’ove to PSG from Barce’lona.
The pressure is begin’ning to grow on Lionel Messi amid ”mounting criticism of the Arge’ntine’s perform’ances since he m’ade the move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. The f’ootballing world was left stun’ned when it was announ’ced that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner wo’uld not be renewing his cont’ract in Catalonia and wo’uld inst’ead be plying his trade in Ligue 1.
Huge things were expe’cted of the 34-year-old upon his arri’val in the French cap’ital, b’ut so far he is yet to show anyt’hing near approaching his very be’st form.
Messi has sco’red in just two of the six games he h’as participated in, and is still wai’ting to open his account in Ligue 1, with’ all his strikes so far comi’ng in the Champions Lea’gue’.
He will have ano’ther op’portunity to do so when his ‘side take on Lille on Friday night, and ah’ead of the match French out’let L’Equipe have made their ”feelings clear.
The news’paper’s fro’nt page led with a picture of Mes’si looking disappointed, along w’ith the headline: “Finally a good start?”
With Kylian Mbappe inju’red, there will be more expect’ation than ever on Messi bein’g the ma’n to make a difference aga’inst Lille.
And the publica’tion add’ed: “Since his arriv:al at PSG, Messi has not yet reached the performances he showed at Barca. The’re is still no concern, but impatience is begin’ning to spr’ead.”
It comes after for’mer French striker Nic’olas An’elka also savaged Messi’s showings since his transfer, point’ing out that he deserves just as muc’h criticism as Neymar for ‘fail”ed to shi’ne.
“Today we demand from Ney’mar, but we can do the sam’e with Messi,” Anelka said to RMC.
Since the beginn’ing of the season he has not been extrao’rdinary either.
“There is a player wh’o has 6 Ballon d’Ors and in the end he is not so extraordi’nary.”
Despite their issues, PSG s’till sit at the top of the table, and are seven points clear of sec’ond-placed Lens.
Neverth’eless, fa’ns and pundits alike have been left hi’ghly unimpr’essed wit’h Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s sty’le of play, and they are in desp’erate need of a big win to prove a point.