“Invisible” and “it was a disappointing performance”: criticism of Messi despite the winning goal that saved PSG

Messi celebrates after making it 4-3 for PSG with a majestic free kick (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Messi celebrates after making it 4-3 for PSG with a majestic free kick (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Lionel Messi put on the cape and was the hero in PSG’s triumph against Lille in Ligue 1. It is that after three consecutive defeats, if we count what had happened against Monaco for the local tournament, plus the elimination of the French Cup against its classic rival Olympique Marseille and the recent defeat for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 League against Bayern Munich, the atmosphere was not the best in the Parc des Princes.

The Parisian team started winning 2-0 with goals from Mbappé and Neymar, but they turned it around and 15 minutes into the second half they were down 3-2. After the departure of the Brazilian due to an injury to one of his ankles, the 7th appeared to put the partial tie and Messi was the author of a majestic free kick that put the defining 4-3.

Despite having been the man who gave PSG victory, The press in France once again targeted the Rosario star and was very critical of the world champion’s game. In the case of the newspaper The teamthey gave it a rating of 5 to their match and analyzed the game throughout the match that was played in Paris. “We should expect more from a player like that in such an important game, in such a delicate situation. We were not far from having witnessed one of his most disappointing performances of the season.”, published the French media.

After that, they remarked the value of their conquest. “But as often happens lately with Messi, a flash of genius, a suspended moment came to change everything. His free-kick delivered a team that expected no less from its star (90th + 5)”.

For its part, the newspaper The Parisian scored Messi with one 4one unit less than the other renowned sports newspaper in France, and described it as “invisible” after highlighting some actions of the game in the beginning.

“A shot that Chevalier stops (5′), a good screen in the 2-0 goal (17′)… and that’s it. The Argentine was invisible. Until this free kick, which he gets and converts in added time (4-3, 90 + 5). Out of all logic. It is also that, Messi ”, explained the sports site of the half Frenchman.

In both cases, both L’Equipe and Le Parisien They chose Mbappé as the figure of PSG’s victory, author of two goals and who, in attack, was again a nightmare for the defense of Lille. “As expected, he was the man who can change everything in this team,” said the sports newspaper.

With this victory, the Parisian team remains at the top of the Ligue 1 positions and took eight points away from Marseille, which this afternoon will visit Toulouse with the idea of ​​adding three to return to eight points in the tournament. Next weekend, more precisely on Sunday the 26th, the two will meet at Olympique’s home, in a duel that could be decisive for the aspirations of both in the tournament.

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