Messi with PETTY dig at PSG in rare interview

Tom Weber
Tom Weber
  • 21 Sept 2023 19:59 BST
  • 3 min read
Lionel Messi playing for PSG
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Lionel Messi sat down for a rare interview and took a swipe at former club Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentine and PSG were not a happy marriage. Despite boasting Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the French giants never managed to achieve their ultimate goal - winning the Champions League.

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The club was constantly embroiled in drama and, unsurprisingly, Messi had no intention of extending his stay at the Parc des Princes after last season. He ultimately ended up at Inter Miami, where he is loving life and is already among the nascent club's record goalscorers despite only playing a handful of games so far.

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His former PSG teammate Neymar, who also left in the summer to join Saudi side Al-Hilal for a whopping €90 million, claimed that he and Messi 'went through hell' at PSG. The Argentine has never been someone to seek the attention of the media, but he recently sat down for an interview and echoed Neymar's sentiments.

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No recognition

A particular occurrence seems to have left a lasting impression on Messi - and it's not a positive one. The 36-year-old aired his grievances by claiming that he received no recognition from his club for winning the World Cup because Argentina beat France in the final.

"It happened like that," Messi told Olga TV when asked what it was like to win the World Cup while struggling at club level, "the truth is that it was not as I had expected, but I always say that things happen for a reason."

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"Although I say that it was not good there [at PSG], I had to become a world champion while being there. Everything happens for a reason and if it had to be that way I understood it later."

Messi then spoke about the tension that existed when he returned to Paris after he had triumphed over France. "It was understandable...because of us they had not been world champions again. I was the only champion who did not get recognition [from his club]."

Read more about: Ligue 1, MLS, Inter Miami, PSG, Lionel Messi

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