Lionel Messi’s departure from Paris Saint-Germain last summer lacked “respect,” according to the club president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The Argentine World Cup winner left the Ligue 1 club after a spell where he made 67 goal contributions in 75 matches. Despite his individual success, PSG faced disappointments on the continental stage, and Messi has since expressed less-than-positive sentiments about his time in the French capital.
Club president Al-Khelaifi has now responded to such criticism regarding Messi, telling RMC Sport on Tuesday: “We talk when we are there, not when we are gone. I have great respect for him [Messi] but if someone wants to talk badly about Paris Saint-Germain after [his departure], it’s not good. That’s not respect […] He’s not a bad guy, but I don’t like that. It’s not just for him, but for everyone.”
Messi made a high-profile move to MLS club Inter Miami following his departure from Paris, quickly making an impact in the United States. The 36-year-old played a key role in Inter Miami’s victory in the 2023 Leagues Cup, marking the first trophy in the club’s history.
Looking ahead, Kylian Mbappe, Messi’s former strike partner, might also be leaving Parc des Princes, although Al-Khelaifi mentioned that the two players had an undisclosed “gentlemen’s agreement.”
The Argentina captain is currently enjoying a break during the MLS offseason. He will face his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo in a friendly match in Riyadh on February 1.