Despite the good results of PSG, Lionel Messi and Neymar maintain a distant relationship with the supporters of the capital club. The two stars have not communicated with the ultras for almost ten months and a match against Bordeaux during which they were whistled.
The stubborn grudge. After PSG’s victory against Angers on Wednesday during the 18th day of Ligue 1 (2-0), Lionel Messi and Neymar did not linger on the lawn. In the wake of the final whistle, the two stars quickly rushed into the corridor of the Parc des Princes. Without coming to greet the supporters massed in the stadium. As with every success at home, some of their partners went to greet the two bends, including that of Auteuil, stronghold of the Collectif Ultras Paris.
Despite the rather warm welcome he received for his big return to competition, Lionel Messi did not join the communion. A habit for the 2022 world champion. Like his friend Neymar, the seven-time Ballon d’Or has been away from celebrations with the public of the capital club since last year.
Mbappé applauded, Messi and Mbappé booed
The break dates precisely from March 13, 2022. That evening, PSG receives Bordeaux in the league. In a particularly hostile atmosphere. Four days earlier, Mauricio Pochettino’s players collapsed in the lair of Real Madrid, in the knockout stages of the Champions League. After winning the first leg in their garden (1-0), the Parisians lost their means against the team of Karim Benzema, author of a resounding hat-trick at the Bernabeu (3-1). The stands of the Park express their shame and their anger. Only Kylian Mbappé is applauded. All the other players are whistled, especially Messi and Neymar.
At each touch of the ball (or almost), the Argentinian and the Brazilian are booed by part of the crowd, the ultras in the lead. Neymar still scored a goal and Paris won 3-0 against the Girondins. But the treatment reserved for the Pulga is talking about all over the world. Argentina rebels. Debates are even launched in the press: do we have the right to whistle one of the best players in history?
Messi’s extension on track
Ten months later, Messi’s ears have not forgotten. And the former Barça crack apparently did not fully digest (just like Neymar, who had already boycotted the ultras after being disliked because of his wish to return to Barcelona). An embarrassing situation for PSG, which is currently discussing with its number 33 in order to extend its contract beyond next summer. As RMC Sport explained at the start of the year, the negotiations are progressing well.
The discomfort with the supporters does not seem to curb Messi’s desire to continue his adventure in the city of light, where his family has become accustomed after a difficult adaptation away from Catalonia. To see how the link can be renewed between the CUP and the innkeeper of the Albiceleste, scorer against the SCO for his first match since his coronation in Qatar. An extension could probably help. An epic in the Champions League too. This will require dismissing Bayern Munich in the round of 16, with a first leg on February 14 in Paris and a return on March 8 in Bavaria.