Lionel Messi is in Argentina, representing the national team in their final two FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures this international window.
However, with La Albiceleste already punching their ticket to Qatar for next season, the topic of discussion continues to be Messi’s time with Paris Saint-Germain.
The 34-year-old has struggled to find his scoring boots with Les Parisiens. Following the capital club’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, supporters shared their feelings with Messi not playing a significant role.
During PSG’s home fixture two weeks ago, the supporters booed the majority of the players, including Messi. Georges Quirino, a journalist based in Argentina, spoke to After Foot, where he gave an insight into how the country is feeling about the treatment of Messi.
Quirino pointed out that the attitude of Messi is much different with Argentina than what he sees when the Argentine is with the French giants. Furthermore, he added that for Messi, the national team is much more important to him than PSG.
“In France, it is said that Messi favors the selection at PSG; it is a bit unfair. There, he arrived in Argentina all smiles, he is fine and will start on Friday. Messi still made chances against PSG during the last game– and some PSG supporters forget it – Messi did not come when he could have come,” Quirino said.
“When he comes here, he gives everything with Argentina, but he doesn’t give a damn about Paris; it’s not as simple as that. That his attitude disturbs, yes, I can understand it. Since Messi arrived in Argentina, he has had a huge smile. He is with his friends; he is a different character compared to that of PSG.”