The booing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi continues to be a talking point. AS Monaco midfielder Cesc Fábregas and former teammate of Messi’s at FC Barcelona continue to defend the 34-year-old from criticism from supporters and the French media.
Fábregas spoke with Marca (via Paris Fans), where he understands supporters’ frustrations following PSG’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League. However, he states that fans should be cheering on the players when the match starts.
“I understand that the fans sometimes want to create a moment of tension to tell the players that they have to do more or that they are not happy with certain people in particular,” Fábregas said.
“But when the game starts, you always have to support the players. Before the game, if you want, you can whistle when they say your name, or after the game.”
Then the following statement by Fábregas might not sit well with PSG supporters. The veteran midfielder stated that the capital club has never had a player of Messi’s level and that they should thank him and applaud the Argentine.
“PSG have not won anything this season so far, yes, but they are going to win Ligue 1. We are talking about a player who has just arrived. PSG have never had a player like that in their life,” Fábregas said.
“They have never had a player of this level in all their history. Fans should thank him and cheer him on. If he doesn’t bring anything this season, he will surely bring next season.”
Messi isn’t immune to criticism. He didn’t factor much in the two legs against Real Madrid, and one of the rare times he had an opportunity to make an impact, he failed to convert the penalty kick opportunity. The Argentine is a great player but isn’t immune to boos if the supporters feel it’s justified.