for Rothen, Messi should not come to the Park with the World Cup

for Rothen, Messi should not come to the Park with the World Cup

For Jérôme Rothen, presenting the World Cup to the public at the Parc des Princes when Lionel Messi takes over with PSG is a bad idea. In his show Rothen ignitesthis Tuesday on RMC, the consultant estimated that there were too many liabilities between the Argentinian and the Parisian supporters to give him a good welcome after his victory against the French team in the final.

Lionel Messi is back in Paris. The Argentinian, who celebrated for two weeks with his compatriots his victory at the last World Cup, landed on Tuesday at Le Bourget. If nothing ensures that he will make the trip to Châteauroux on Friday in the Coupe de France, he could make his return to the public at the Parc des Princes on January 11 in L1 against Angers. For the occasion, the idea had been put forward to see him present the World Cup trophy to PSG supporters, who had not always been kind to him in the past. An idea strongly opposed by Jérôme Rothen.

“He has been at PSG for a year and a half and the first year was completely wasted. We can even say when we see his start to the season, especially the level he had at the World Cup, that there was a little bit of a mouthful, insisted on the consultant on his show Rothen ignites on RMC. I don’t mind there being a period of adaptation, but Leo Messi is the best player on the planet. For these players, the adaptation is supposed to be shorter. For me, his attitude for a year was too far, like Neymar and that’s why there was a lot of criticism on them.”

Rothen: “Are you going to ask them for a standing ovation?”

Very critical of Messi’s lack of involvement last season, Jérôme Rothen welcomed his jump in 2022-2023. But there again, the former midfielder of the Ile-de-France club has a slight regret.

“This year, there is nothing to say, continued the member of the Dream Team RMC Sport. The guy is efficient, professional… The only criticism to make is the behavior he has to celebrate the goals in front of the fans, who are the soul of the club. Yes, they went too far last year, some insulted him. But that was because they were like me: we were crazy to see Messi in Ligue 1 and we were extremely disappointed. And there, you are going to ask them, with the World Cup, to give him an ovation? And there, he is going to seek comfort? No, no, no.

“Obviously he will be well received with us, had nevertheless put Christophe Galtier into perspective on Sunday evening. I have no doubt that he will be well received at the Parc des Princes. he has achieved this incredible goal, to retain what he has done since the start of the season with the team.”

In any case, the fans will certainly be satisfied with the sporting added value brought by Messi, who was sorely missed by his partners during the last day of Ligue 1. Sunday, against RC Lens, Paris Saint-Germain is indeed tilted against his runner-up, RC Lens (3-1). After Chateauroux in the cup, the Ile-de-France residents will face Angers, Rennes and Reims in the league.

Corentin Parbaud with RMC