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Footage Emerges Of Lionel Messi Walking In 4-1 Defeat To Paris Saint-Germain

Footage Emerges Of Lionel Messi Walking In 4-1 Defeat To Paris Saint-Germain

Footage of Lionel Messi walking against Paris-Saint Germain has been doing the rounds on social media.

The Blaugrana skipper opened the scoring with a penalty in the first half but was outshone by Kylian Mbappe, who hit a stunning hat-trick in a 4-1 Champions League round of 16 first leg win at the Nou Camp.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Messi wasn't able to affect the game in the way he would normally be able to, but he also didn't exactly put himself about.

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The 33-year-old has come under scrutiny after a clip showed him displaying a lack of effort as PSG played the ball around in midfield with ease.

While it may have been pointless to press constantly but end up tiring himself out, he was genuinely just strolling around and looked rather disinterested.

Even with his future up in the air at the moment, you'd expect more from Messi when players are just yards away from him.

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Messi has been described as "the best defender in the world" by former manager Pep Guardiola but he certainly didn't live up to it on Tuesday.

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And it's the second time this term where a clip of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner not showing any desire to win the ball back has circulated.

In a 2-1 Champions League group stage win over Dynamo Kiev in November, a visiting player carries the ball in the middle of the pitch but Messi did not fancy closing him down.

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While this was at the very end of the game, it wasn't exactly a great look for Messi and unsurprisingly it prompted many to question his commitment to the club given his transfer request a few months prior.

Topics: Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Champions League

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