The Lionel Messi era at Paris Saint-Germain officially ends on June 30 when the Argentine’s contract expires. Afterward, Messi will leave Europe altogether and sign with MLS side Inter Miami.
Ahead of his move to South Florida, the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner spoke with beIN Sports France (h/t Paris Fans). Messi summarized his two seasons in Paris, where he received boos and whistles at various times.
“At first, it was great, I received a lot of encouragement, as I have often said, but then people started to treat me differently, part of the public in Paris,” Messi said. “The majority treated me well as at the beginning.
“There was a break with a good part of the Parisian public. Of course, that was not my intention, nothing more.
“But these are things that have already happened with Mbappé and Neymar, too; it’s their way of doing things. Anyway, I keep the memory of all those people who supported me as it was at the beginning. Nothing more; it remains anecdotal.”
After spending over two decades at FC Barcelona, Messi’s arrival at PSG brought a wave of excitement and anticipation.
Messi was brought in to help PSG win the UEFA Champions League as the seven-time Ballon d’Or joined forces with Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé, forming a formidable attacking trio that struck fear into the hearts of opponents.
However, the formidable attack fizzled when they were truly needed, as in the two seasons that Messi was with the French giants, the capital club was eliminated in the round of 16 by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.