Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi not too long ago criticized Lionel Messi, telling former footballer Jeremy Rothen’s podcast ‘Rothen s’enflamme’ that the Argentine ‘disrespected PSG‘ by railing in opposition to the Parisian membership as soon as he left and signed for Inter Miami.
These statements by Al-Khelaifi have gone around the globe, a lot in order that an interview Neymar gave months in the past to the Globo Esporte newspaper has gone viral in a number of media retailers.
It was in that precise interview through which the Brazilian reveals the ‘hell’ which Messi and himself had been pressured to undergo within the French capital.
Neymar’s phrases in September
Within the interview given to Globo Esporte after signing for Saudi Arabian league facet Al-Hilal in September 2023, Neymar was harsh on PSG and criticized them over the best way Messi left the Parisian membership.
“We lived via hell in Paris. We’re there [in Paris] to provide our greatest and be champions, to attempt to make historical past, that is why we began to play collectively once more, we acquired collectively there to make historical past,” Neymar informed Globo Esporte.
“Sadly, we did not make it, he went to heaven with Argentina, I used to be very completely happy for him, however in Paris he went via hell. For my part, he was unfairly judged in Paris, he had an exit that, from a footballing standpoint, he did not deserve.”
Neymar left Barcelona in the summertime of 2017 to affix Paris Saint-Germain in what to today, is the costliest switch of all time, valued at 222 million euros. Nonetheless, the Brazilian was by no means in a position to attain the heights of excellence he achieved at Barcelona.
After Messi’s arrival in Paris in 2021, it was hoped that with the trident they might type alongside Kylian Mbapp they might lastly win the elusive Champions League.
Nonetheless, egos within the group performed their half and led to the departures of Messi and Neymar, leaving Mbapp because the solely celebrity at PSG.