'Messi is a burden for PSG'

Ligue 1

Following Paris Saint-Germain's shock 3-1 defeat to Nantes on the weekend, Lionel Messi has been labelled a "burden" for the Ligue 1 giants.  

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Messi started together for the first time since November on Saturday, but it was a reunion to forget as Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont's shot-stopping performance frustrated the trio. 

L'Equipe did not spare the stars in their ratings of the match, with the Argentine given a 4/10 for his display as his struggles continue in the domestic league, in which he has netted just twice in 15 appearances. 

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Messi had already come in for some criticism over the past week after reports in France suggested that one of his teammates were unhappy with his defensive work rate during the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash with Real Madrid last Tuesday. 

To add insult to injury, ex-PSG midfielder Jerome Rothen has now once again slammed the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner for his performances so far in the 2021/22 campaign.  

"He is a burden for the club," he said, per the Daily Express.

"His first months have not been good, and the relationship between Lionel Messi and PSG has been far from a success. This transfer was a bad idea.

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"He is the best player, perhaps, of all generations that football has known.

"Still, I'm sick of hearing people say you can't criticise Messi. 

"If you don't win the match, you have a huge frustration because Messi misses the penalty [against Real Madrid last week]. 

"A player like Messi, with the status he has, it is tragic for him to miss a penalty. That's the reality, even if it can happen to anyone. 

"But him, compared to what he has been bringing to PSG for seven months, he has no right to complain." 

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