Football fans from all around the world made sure to voice their appreciation for the Argentinian forward Lionel Messi after his hat-trick of assists in PSG’s victory over Clermont Foot in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Lionel Messi has been heavily criticized ever since his transfer to Paris for his lack of goals. The forward was heavily criticized by the Paris Saint Germain fans for his poor performances against Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League. He was booed and jeered by the fans after their exit from the Champions League. There were even some rumors that he might head back to the Nou Camp later in the summer.
However, Messi and PSG bounced back in style. They had played in Ligue 1 last week with a 5-1 win over Lorient. Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe were all on the score sheet in that game. The trio of superstars once again made sure they gave their best this weekend as they helped their side claim a tremendous 6-1 win over Clermont Foot.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both scored hat-tricks. Lionel Messi did not score. However, he was able to provide three assists on the night. After the game, a debate was sparked in which some fans mocked him for not getting on the goal scoring charts. On the other hand, a number of football fans believe that the Argentine superstar should not be judged by his goal scoring numbers, but rather his goal contributions as he is the ‘greatest playmaker of all time’.
After becoming one of the greats of football at FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi moved on a free transfer to Paris Saint Germain last summer. The Argentinian forward was expected to link up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr. in an effort to win the Champions League.
Despite being unable to lead the club past the round of 16 stage of the competition, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has helped PSG climb to the top of the Ligue 1 table. He has scored 3 goals and provided 11 assists in 19 league appearances