Former Paris Saint-Germain player Jerome Rothen has taken shots at Lionel Messi again. He claimed that the Argentine came to Ligue 1 just for money. The only reason to leave Barcelona was because the Camp Nou side could not afford to pay what he wanted. Messi joined PSG in 2021 after Barcelona could not offer him a new deal. The Argentine had a poor first season but he has done well this time around with 15 goals, and as many assists in 27 Ligue 1 games.
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Rothen said, Lionel Messi now wants to leave PSG after making money and not caring at all about the club. He added,
“I have no words. It’s completely out of place. That’s how much he doesn’t give a damn about the world since he arrived. He didn’t come for the right reasons, he only came for the financial conditions. In Barcelona, we know very well why he left. They could no longer pay him the way they paid him. There was such a huge deficit that they had to part with it.”
Jerome Rothen about Lionel Messi earlier this season
Jerome Rothen isn’t happy with Lionel Messi ever since he joined PSG. He also took shots at the former Barcelona man earlier this season. He claimed that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner had wasted a season at the club.
Rothen said on RMC Sports,
“He has been at PSG for a year and a half, and the first year was completely wasted. I don’t mind there being a time to adapt, but Leo Messi is the best player in the game planet. For these players, the adaptation is supposed to be shorter. For me, his attitude for a year was too far, like Neymar and that’s why there was a lot of criticism on them.”
“Yes, they (the fans) went too far last year, some insulted him. But that was because they were like me. we were crazy to see Messi in Ligue 1 and we were extremely disappointed. And there, you are going to ask them, with the World Cup, to give him an ovation? And there, he is going to seek comfort? No, no, no.”
There are strong rumors about Lionel Messi’s departure from PSG as he wants to join Barcelona and end his career on a sweet note. His contract is expiring this summer and Barca President Laporta, La Liga President Javier Tebas, and the players everyone is excited to see Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s shirt once again.