Paris Saint-Germain President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has hit back at Lionel Messi’s claim that he was not to be recognised by his club.
The 36-year-old and the Albiceleste beat France in Qatar to win the 2022 World Cup while he was still at PSG.
In a recent interview with Migue Granados on OLGA, Messi admitted he ‘wasn’t happy’ at the Parc des Princes and seemed disappointed with his treatment after the World Cup.
‘It was understandable,’ he said. ‘We were in a situation where we [Argentina] were world champions and it was our fault that they [France] weren’t champions once again.’
Both Messi and his PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe starred in a thrilling final in Qatar, scoring five goals between them as Argentina won on penalties.
Messi continued: ‘I was the only player that wasn’t recognized by his club compared to the other 25 Argentinian players.’
Al-Khelaifi has now given a different version of events. In quotes carried by Football Espana, he said: ‘As everyone saw, because we even published a video, we celebrated Messi in training, and we also celebrated him in private.
‘But with respect, we are a French club. It was of course sensitive to celebrate at the stadium. We must respect the country he defeated, his teammates on the France team, and our supporters too.’
However, he was unable to guide PSG beyond the last 16 of the Champions League and left for MLS side Inter Miami in June.