He spent more time with Argentina than with his club
The Paris Saint-Germain hierarchy do not appear to be happy with Lionel Messi’s progress and form at the club, and now Leonardo has criticized the forward for his absence with his national team.
World Superstar Lionel messi joined Paris Saint Germain this summer in perhaps the biggest transfer of the past decade. However, he has yet to keep his promises and he has failed to meet the expectations of Parisian supporters and management, especially in the French Ligue 1.
The Argentine has a slightly better performance in the Champions League, where he has scored three goals in the first three matchdays. He will have a chance to improve his stats on Wednesday when German side Leipzig host PSG at Red Bull Arena in Leipzig on Matchday 4 of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage.
However, in five matches in the French league, Messi has yet to find his way to the net and, to make matters worse, was substituted at half-time in Friday’s duel against Lille when his side were at 1- 0. After the game, Reds and Blues sporting director Leonardo shared his honest thoughts on the Argentine’s form.
Leonardo: Messi played three games for Argentina and now he suffers from muscle fatigue
Brazilian sporting director Leonardo was quick to explain his reasons for Lionel Messi to still be in top form and score a national goal: “It’s a bit difficult to explain. During those two months at PSG, he spent more time with the Argentina national team than here.
“Three games were played in the previous international break, and now, as a result, Messi has muscle problems. It’s normal. The same happened to Neymar, but he did his best, as did Angel Di Maria. They were both decisive for the victory, ”said Leonardo.
The former Barcelona striker missed the last training session before the Lille game due to muscle discomfort, which he has been dragging from the Copa America. Further tests will be carried out to see if he can be available on Wednesday against Leipzig.