Why did Messi lie behind the wall of Paris Saint-Germain?
The controversy is still raging over the Argentine Lionel Messi, the French star of Paris Saint-Germain, while he was sleeping behind the wall of his team's repelling against Manchester City.
Messi scored a goal that led Paris Saint-Germain to victory over its guest Manchester City (2-0), on Tuesday evening, at the Princes Park, in the second round of the Champions League groups.
Despite scoring the goal, Messi raised the controversy with another shot, which began with the 91st minute of the match when the referee awarded a direct free kick to Manchester City on the border of the Paris Saint-Germain penalty area.
After the Paris wall stood in front of the ball hit by the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, the Manchester City star, Messi appeared while lying behind the defensive wall of Paris Saint-Germain, while taking the kick.
French Radio Monte Carlo found an explanation for the shot, as it confirmed that Messi did it on his own, without anyone asking him to do so, especially since the Italian midfielder Marco Verratti was doing this task in the team, who was replaced before the kick.
The site was based on the tweet of the Spanish journalist Gillem Balage, the owner of Messi’s biography, who confirmed that this is not a tactic or a role that the Argentine player was asked to implement, but he volunteered for this task, especially since after this shot the referee awarded a new kick to Manchester City, and Mbappe was Who is lying behind the wall.
This shot aroused widespread objections and ridicule, after many felt that it underestimated Lionel Messi and his role in Paris Saint-Germain, especially since the player's roles differed in PSG from what he was doing in Barcelona.
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Rio Ferdinand, the former Manchester United star, expressed his dissatisfaction with that shot, and said in comments carried by the British “GiveMeSport” website: “No, no, no, this cannot happen with Leo Messi, this is a lack of respect.”
And the former defender concluded: “If I was a player in this team, I would tell Messi that I would lie down for him, I could not make him lie down like this, that is not what Leo does.”