Ex-France international, Thierry Henry has urged Argentine star player, Lionel Messi to make a return to Barcelona after Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) fans have jeered the footballer’s name in recent games.
Messi’s contract is set to expire and the former Barcelona man is yet to sign a contract extension as the club hopes he stays with a significantly reduced salary.
Henry thinks the multiple Ballon d’Or winner should make a return to Barcelona considering he never wanted to leave but moved due to financial instability.
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A section of the PSG fans believe he has checked out, with his contract coming to an end, but Henry says the jeering is embarrassing.
“It’s embarrassing to hear whistles from the Parc,’ Henry said on Amazon Prime. “You can’t whistle one of the best players on the team, who has 13 goals and 13 assists this season.
“Personally, I would like to see him finish his career at Barcelona, in Europe.
“After that, I don’t know what he will do. Because the way he left Barcelona after everything he did…
“I didn’t really like it. For the love of football, he should go back to Barcelona.’
Another former Arsenal and France hero, Emmanuel Petit, echoed Henry’s thoughts and went further, slamming PSG as a club incapable of improving players.
“When I hear that, for me, it’s an insult to football,’ Petit told RMC. ‘It’s not a football club. It’s a pre-retirement club, even for 20-year-old players.
“Nobody has improved while at PSG – is that Messi’s fault?
He’s the magician with a wand, it’s up to the players around him to make an effort.
“Only the PSG fans don’t get that you need a squad built around Messi, which they don’t have, and won’t ever have, because [the management] are terrible in the market.”
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