Lionel Messi was asked if he was “ashamed” by the ex-Tottenham star’s performance for Man City.
Rafael van der Vaart, a former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, has questioned Lionel Messi’s performance against Manchester City, even claiming he should be embarrassed.
Lionel Messi should be ashamed of his performance against Manchester City, according to former Tottenham player Rafael van der Vaart.
Messi has had a rough start to life in Paris Saint-Germain, scoring just four goals in ten games since his stunning summer transfer from Barcelona.
His signing was supposed to be the icing on the cake for PSG, which already has Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as attacking options.
The Ligue 1 heavyweights, on the other hand, have yet to see the best of their much-vaunted front three, with the trio failing to click once again against City on Wednesday.
As the big-spending French giants were defeated 2-1 at the Etihad, all three men were heavily chastised.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side took the lead through Mbappe, but City came back in the second half to secure all three points thanks to Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
Messi struggled to make an impact against the Premier League winners, prompting former Tottenham Hotspur great Van de Vaart to claim he should be embarrassed by his recent performances.
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“‘Aren’t you ashamed?’ I think every time he goes for a walk. I’m starting to dislike Messi, which is unfortunate since a player like him will never be born again “Van der Vaart said to Ziggo Sports about it.
“Ronald Koeman was the catalyst. It was an unwillingness to work, which is unacceptable for a player like Messi.
“It’s a matter of willpower. It’s either you want it or you don’t. He’s had a horrible game if he doesn’t score or provide an assist.
“Neymar is unique in that he observes more. Mbappe as well. Messi and PSG just don’t seem to go together.” Following their respective summer moves, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been compared to one other, as has been the case for much of their careers.
Since his return to Manchester United, Ronaldo has scored 10 goals, but he, too, has been chastised for his lack of work-rate and lack of pushing off the ball.
Regardless, Van van Vaart believes the Portuguese attacker is contributing far more than Messi. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.