Messi’s departure from FC Barcelona was one of the bitterest moments of his career. At present, the Argentinian is living his first season at Paris Saint-Germain, but the irregular collective performance of the team managed by Maurice Pochettino has also affected the former Barcelona captain on an individual level.
Who would have thought, when Lionel Messi signed for Paris Saint-Germain in August, that six months later he would be just one Ligue 1 goal away?
The former Blaugrana star is arguably enjoying his worst campaign ever, having only scored against Nantes. He has also gone seven straight games without scoring in French football, including Monday’s Coupe de France elimination against Nice.
Messi’s meager stats are singled out and Mauricio Pochettino is not spared. The latter has been targeted so far due to PSG’s disappointing performances this season, but while the Argentine has his share of the blame, sporting director Leonardo is the common denominator for the club’s underperformance in Europe since his return at the club in 2019.
The defeat in the Coupe de France was the highlight and confirms the demotivation problems, in addition to the football problems, of Messi.
Paris Saint-Germain were eliminated against Nice on penalties. It was the day Messi wore number ’10’ at the Parc des Princes. He changed the ’30’ he usually wears for the number Neymar has. The Brazilian is still out through injury.
Fans expected more from Messi, to pull his teammates in a difficult situation, to provoke dangerous actions, to play with more passion and determination.
He lacks inspiration, he is not in the physical shape to go one-on-one and beat his rivals for speed and changes of pace. Messi played the whole game for Nice, the first he started in this year, and he only had one shot on goal.
The media are once again wondering what is happening to Leo Messi and calling his performance against Nice “disastrous”. Messi only played one and a half games in January. He played the last half hour against Reims in the league and the aforementioned bump against Nice.
His records are mediocre: 18 games, 6 goals, 4 assists. Between the League and the Cup, he scored only one goal. This is the harsh reality of Messi, that of a footballer without continuity in the game and without a spark.
He disappoints the PSG supporters and the club continues to ask for patience, despite the fact that elimination in the round of 16 of the Cup is a setback that worries and confirms the fragility of the team. Messi can no longer opt for the treble with PSG, but the serious thing is that the ghosts appear and there are two weeks left before the first match against Real Madrid in the Champions League.