Lionel Messi’s difficult start to life at Paris Saint-Germain has dealt another blow.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino suspended Messi at halftime after 45 minutes of terror against Lille, the French Ligue 1 champions, on Friday.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner had no effect during the match and thus the French publication to liberate He gave him an insulting rating of three out of 10 after the final whistle.
This ranks the attacking star among the lowest-ranked players of the night as he shares the same number with former Liverpool player Jorginho Wijnaldum.
The Argentine international started the attack with Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in the absence of Kylian Mbappe.
But the 34-year-old failed to help his side in a poor first half that saw Lille score the first goal with Jonathan David.
Thus, the Barcelona legend was deposed at the break and replaced by Pochettino with Mauro Icardi, who has made his first appearance since an off-pitch drama with his wife and agent Wanda Nara.
Paris Saint-Germain improved during Messi’s absence and drew in 74 minutes with captain Marquinhos.
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The French giants turned things around after about 14 minutes thanks to winner Angel Di Maria.
Messi shocked the football world last summer when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain after 17 years at the Nou Camp.
But the great Argentine has been struggling to replicate the same success he had at Barcelona as he has yet to score a goal or assist in Ligue 1.
However, he scored three goals in several Champions League matches for his new club.
Despite his recent struggles, Messi is still in contention for the seventh Ballon d’Or award.
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