In the team’s Ligue 1 meeting versus Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and various other members of the team, including Neymar, received very hostile receptions from the home fans.
It’s the first time in Messi’s distinguished professional career that he’s been subjected to boos from the supporters of the team he is representing.
At Barcelona, the little Argentine genius was always shown the respect he deserves and even when the team were struggling, his name was loudly cheered inside Camp Nou.
But thing have been very, very different at PSG.
Messi’s struggles in the two legs against Real Madrid in the Champions League have resulted in the fans who welcomed him with open arms just last summer turning on him.
The booing aimed at Messi by PSG supporters was, unsurprisingly, huge news and many people on social media offered their take on the matter.
Barcelona fans were not happy one bit and some have decided to remind those associated with the Parisian club of how they should treat arguably the greatest footballer in history.
Footage of Cules giving Messi an incredible ovation after he was sent out to warm-up in a Champions League match against PSG (ironic, right?) has gone viral once again and it’s easy to see why after last Sunday’s events in the French capital.
Video: Barcelona fans celebrating Messi warming up
Messi fans were telling me "PSG fans did more for Messi than Barcelona."— Ishan (@Ishanculer) March 13, 2022
This is how we treated the greatest player of all time. Forever our king ❤ pic.twitter.com/gKRiE6sWlE
What a reception it was. Sadly, we can’t see that happening at PSG anytime soon…
Now, you’re probably wondering; why on earth was Messi not in the starting XI that evening?! Well, in the first leg of that 2013 Champions League quarter-final tie in Paris, he picked up a hamstring injury.
He was only fit enough for a place on the bench when the teams met in Barcelona as a result and had things gone the home side’s way from the start, the maestro probably wouldn’t have entered the fray.
But the Blaugrana fell 1-0 behind after a 2-2 draw in the first leg, which meant they were staring down the barrel of Champions League elimination.
So Barcelona had to call upon a half-fit Messi and within nine minutes, he created a goal for Pedro Rodriguez that eventually sent the Catalan side into the semi-finals. Not a bad cameo, eh?
After the match, PSG’s David Beckham said: “Messi came on when we were 1-0 up and they scored. A player like him, 100% fit or not, will always make the difference. Messi is the best player in the world, simple as that.
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Then PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti added: “They gained in confidence as soon as he came on. He is the best player in the world, even if he is not fully fit.”
Oh how Leo must miss those days at Barcelona right now…