Lionel Messi didn’t get PSG recognition for his World Cup win; Lionel Messi has expressed his frustration with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for not recognizing his contributions to the national team’s victory.
After a glorious World Cup victory with Argentina in 2022, Lionel Messi voiced his disappointment over the lack of recognition he received from his then-club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). In the final match, Messi played a pivotal role, contributing two goals and successfully converting a crucial penalty in the shootout against France, which ultimately led to Argentina’s 4-2 triumph.
Speaking in a recent interview with ESPN, Messi candidly stated, “I was the only player that didn’t get [club] recognition.” He acknowledged that it was perhaps understandable, as France did not retain the World Cup. Nonetheless, his desire for acknowledgment remained.
Adapting to life at PSG had proven to be more challenging than expected for Messi, and he opened up about the fractures within the fan base that emerged during his two seasons with the club. When his contract expired in June, he made the surprising decision to leave PSG and join Inter Miami.
Reflecting on this decision, Messi remarked, “It happened like that. It was not what I expected, but I always say things happen for a reason. Even if I wasn’t well there, it happened that I was a world champion while I was there.”
Messi’s transition to the Major League Soccer (MLS) with Inter Miami has been a positive one, as he shared, “I love what I do. I enjoy playing, and now it’s a different way. That is why I made the decision to come to Miami and not continue my career elsewhere: You experience it a different way.”
His contract with Inter Miami extends through December 2025, and the football legend has no plans of retiring anytime soon. When asked about his retirement, Messi stated, “I haven’t thought about it, I don’t want to think about it because I want to continue to enjoy what I do. I took an important step by leaving Europe and coming here, and I don’t want to think about the next step.”
Messi has also confirmed his participation in the 2024 Copa América but remains undecided about his involvement in the 2026 World Cup. Regarding the Copa América, he expressed, “I do think about the Copa América.” His future on the international stage remains an open question, highlighting the ongoing intrigue surrounding the illustrious career of Lionel Messi.