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Messi's compatriot Leonardo Paredes said the club are indeed trying to sign him, while PSG director Leonardo recently said Messi, out of contract and available on a free in the summer 'will always be on PSG's list' - prompting Barca president hopeful Joan Laporte to brand the club "disrespectful" for the way they've gone about it.
In 2017, the French side memorably signed Neymar from Barcelona in a shock £198 million world-record deal and it's clear that the club are still bitter about that whole episode.
And courtesy of Gol TV's 'El Golazo' programme, footage has emerged of Al-Khelaifi getting some stick from Blaugrana supporters outside the PSG hotel.
"Leave Messi alone, thief!" was the cry from one fan, while another shouted "Son of a b**ch!" as an insult.
A third supporter mixed it up a bit by saying, "Give me one million euros".
Kylian Mbappe was booed and Mauricio Pochettino, former manager of Barca's rivals Espanyol, was also insulted.
It certainly wasn't a pleasant reception from Cule fans, who also decided to set off fireworks directly outside of the PSG hotel.
:movie_camera::boom:IMAGEN @ELCHIRINGUITOTV:boom:- El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) February 15, 2021
FUEGOS ARTIFICIALES en la puerta del HOTEL del PSG en Barcelona. (:video_camera: @10JoseAlvarez)
La última hora a las 12 en MEGA. pic.twitter.com/IOZviLitvd
It happened at midnight on Tuesday and was clearly done as a way of disrupting the opposition side's sleep before the crunch clash.
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