Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi has received backlash from the French media over his recent performances for his side, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Although PSG managed to clinch a 2-1 comeback win on home soil against Lyon on Sunday, Messi was criticised by local media following his reaction when Mauricio Pochettino decided to replace him with 15 minutes to go and the score still at 1-1.
Messi started up front along with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for PSG for the second time in a row, but he made way for Achraf Hakimi to come onto the pitch in the second half.
Analysing the former Barcelona captain’s game against Lyon, Le Parisien labelled the Argentine forward as “intermittent”.
“His time in Paris will be more complicated than expected,” the newspaper’s analysis continued.
“Messi is withering. [Dropping] his head lower and lower, he walks and no longer impacts the game.”