Argentina and Inter Miami captain Lionel Messi has taken aim at Paris Saint-Germain by insisting the club refused to recognise him publicly for his World Cup triumph.
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"It just happened that way. It wasn't as expected but I always say that things happen for a reason," he said.
"Although I wasn't happy there [at PSG], I became champion of the world there. Everything happens for a reason, if it had to be that way then.."
Messi went on to claim that he was the only World Cup winner to not be recognized by his club after the tournament.
"After the World Cup, we were in a situation where we [Argentina] were world champions and it was our fault that France weren’t champions once again.
"I was the only player that wasn’t recognized by his club compared to the other 25 Argentinian players."
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