Despite criticism from the media, PSG manager Christophe Galtier lauded Lionel Messi for his flawless performance this season.
Messi’s tenure at Parc des Princes has been up-and-down, and the Argentine legend never seems to have found his footing in the French capital. As he adjusted to life away from Barcelona, he went through a challenging first season with the Parisians.
But Lionel Messi has excelled this year, scoring 20 goals and dishing out just as many assists in 39 games across all competitions. Despite this, the 35-year-old continues to draw criticism, particularly from French media.
Amidst all the criticism and drama, Galtier has defended Messi and lauded his accomplishments this year.
The PSG manager talked to the media and had the following to say when asked about Lionel Messi:
“I won’t talk about last season. I can talk about what we’ve been through together since the start of the season. He’s been flawless throughout the season in his investment.”
Galtier continued by saying that despite the pressure, Messi has done well. He made references to his efforts in practice and on the pitch:
“Leo is football, I’ve seen it every day in training and in matches. He has very interesting stats. I hear the remarks and the criticisms, but when you have just had a season like his, it is for me a performance. I find that he is having a very good season. People always expect a lot more, but it was much better than last season.”
In 34 games during his first season at Parc des Princes, Lionel Messi scored 11 goals and provided 15 assists. He was unable to reach the same heights he did when studying in Barcelona.
It appears that the Argentine legend’s time playing for the Parisians is coming to an end. He has made the decision to leave the team when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.