Ex-Man United star slams PSG for Messi treatment

Ex-Man United star slams PSG for Messi treatment

Faruq Ibrahim 09:35 - 12.05.2023

Ex-Argentina international defends Lionel Messi, criticises Paris Saint-Germain for Messi's treatment.

Former Juventus star Carlos Tevez is the latest in the long list of football personalities who have publicly criticised Paris Saint-Germain for their decision to suspend Lionel Messi. 

The ex-Argentina international was Messi's teammate in the national team in his playing days, and he believes the 35-year-old decision to apologise is a sign of humility, assuring that he would not have done the same were he in his shoes. 

Messi apologizes PSG 

Messi has endured a tumultuous time in the French capital lately, reaching a crescendo, including being subject to boos by the club's ultras and the famous suspension for his unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia. 

Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez

The former Barcelona man skipped training for a marketing trip to the Gulf, much to the anger of the club, who decided to suspend him; however, he has now been reinstated following a public apology via his social media. 

His former teammate Tevez believes the gesture is beneath the Qatar 2022 winner, claiming he would not have done it were he a world champion. 

What Tevez said 

The ex-West Ham striker says he would have left Paris for a relaxing trip back home if he were Messi, saying the club should be doing the apology, not the other way around. 

“I think Messi gives us all a humbling blow,” he said, per TyC Sport.

“Because if you told me, when I was world champion, that I had to apologise for going on a trip when I had a day off, I'd go back to Rosario and stay there drinking, mate. You'd have to apologise to me!

“But Messi, the truth is, he puts the club above everything else. And I think that, in that case, you have to take your hat off to him. Then we can say a lot of things about a club that didn't really look after him. From the first moment he arrived, they didn't look after him. That's how it is.”

Meanwhile, LaLiga president Javier Tebas has noted that Sergio Busquets’ Barcelona departure could open the door for Lionel Messi to return to the Catalan club when his Paris Saint-Germain contract ends this summer.

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