Former Paris Saint-Germain star Jerome Rothen says Lionel Messi behaviour have changed after becoming a World Cup winner with Argentina.
Lionel Messi, who is widely considered as the greatest football in history, won the World Cup with Argentina in 2022. The 36-year-old is also the most-decorated player of all-time.
In an interview with RMC Sport, former Paris Saint-Germain player Jerome Rothen claimed Messi’s behaviour have changed since the World Cup, and he is having more argument with opponents.
“When it comes to their [Argentina’s] behaviour, they are the first to attack others. Starting with the star of this team, Leo Messi. Now that he is a world champion and has had a good rest ahead of the World Cup since two years ago at PSG. He used to have the image of a sweet guy, but now he has changed because his true personality is coming out and he got caught. Today you can’t even touch him anymore. Only when he takes a hit does he make the same comment he made to Rodrygo when he said, ‘Hey, I’m a world champion’. The team reflects an image of Argentines. Argentine nationality is like that and you feel superior because of someone else. They could have more class.”
Rothen also believes that Messi did not deserve to win Ballon d’Or and Erling Haaland should have won this award.
“It’s shameful! Of course, it’s shameful! For me, Haaland should have won it. Between August 2022 and June 2023, what criteria lead us to believe that Messi is better than the rest? There is basically no criterion where he is the number one. If we speak about trophies, he is behind Haaland, even if he did win the World Cup. Haaland won everything with Manchester City and of course, you can’t compare based on the World Cup because Haaland is Norwegian.”