Messi accused of 'disrespecting' Poch

Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has recently been accused of "disrespecting" manager Mauricio Pochettino. 

The 34-year-old returned to Argentina for the festive period to spend time with his family and friends where he ended up catching COVID-19. 

Messi is now fully recovered from the virus and could be involved in PSG’s Ligue 1 clash against Olympique Lyonnais this weekend. 

While the former Barcelona forward is cleared, Daily Mirror’s latest report claims that that the head coach only found out about the forward's positive test and quarantining through third parties.  

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The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner is said to not have told his coach, nor updated the club about his situation while isolating in his home city of Rosario in Argentina, before returning to Paris earlier this week. 

His behaviour has now been criticised by ex-PSG player Jerome Rothen, who claims that the South American is showing a lack of respect for Pochettino.  

"You must always respect your coach, this is what I was taught in Clairefontaine,” Rothen said on Radio Montecarlo. 

"The coach must be above everyone else, it does not matter if it is a star or a youth player – the boss must be the head of the time. 

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"Pochettino was not updated as to where Messi was, and that explains a lot of things. This is not a good thing and I think it is very shocking from Messi.

"Pochettino is being disrespected by Lionel Messi. The coach must be the strong man, the one who shows the real values. 

"The only one who strongly respects him, in my opinion, is Kylian Mbappe and I do not sense anything with the other players. 

"If you don't respect your coach then you cannot be successful."

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