Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) thrashed Montpellier 4-0 on Saturday in Ligue 1. Lionel Messi scored his first double of the tournament in France’s top flight, while Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe are also listed in the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, Ronaldinho criticized Paris fans for booing Messi and Neymar. Elsewhere, the Ligue 1 champions have identified Atletico Madrid’s striker to replace Kylian Mbappe.
On that note, here’s a look at the key PSG transfer stories for May 14, 2022:
Ronaldinho criticizes PSG fans for treatment of Lionel Messi
Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has criticized PSG fans booing Lionel Messi and Neymar. The South American duo were subjected to taunts from Paris fans during their match against Bordeaux earlier this year.
Messi has had a rough time at the Parc des Princes since arriving last summer, scoring just 11 goals in all competitions. Neymar, meanwhile, has also blown hot and cold this season, scoring 12 goals.
Things got to a boil when PSG were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid in the round of 16.
Messi failed to inspire a new team against old foes, missing a penalty in the first leg and becoming a bogus entity in the second. That proved to be the last straw to break the camel’s back. The 34-year-old was later mocked by fans who voiced their displeasure at the state of the job.
However, Ronaldinho thinks the treatment given to Messi and Neymar is unfair. Speaking to RMC Sport, reported by The Mirror, the Brazilian said fans must be patient with the two stars. He say:
“I don’t understand because there are all the great players. You want to change things? What do you want, the worst players in the world? We have to wait for them to understand this new way of living and playing. The rest. The return will come slowly. This adaptation is normal, to do things well.”
“(Neymar) is one of the best players in the world. He’s had a lot of injuries this year. When he’s at 100%, he’s a really special player for this team. Neymar, (Angel) Di Maria, Messi… the greatest players are together. If you’re not happy with that, who would you play with?”
Parisians identify Joao Felix as Kylian Mbappe’s replacement
PSG have identified Joao Felix as the ideal replacement for Kylian Mbappe, according to PSG Talk via Foot Mercato. The French striker is in the final few months of his current contract with the Parisian. He is yet to commit to the club, amid interest from Real Madrid. The giants in Ligue 1 are ready to move the mountain to keep this player at Parc des Princes.
However, PSG are aware that their efforts may be in vain, as Mbappe nurtures a desire to play at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Ligue 1 side are offering backup plans in case the French striker leaves the club. Joao Felix has caught the eye of the club hierarchy, and the player’s agent Jorge Mendes has discussed the matter with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Mauricio Pochettino reflects on missed opportunities this season
Mauricio Pochettino has missed opportunities this season that cost his side. PSG have won Ligue 1 this season but have faltered in other competitions, most notably the UEFA Champions League.
Speaking during his press conference, Pochettino said that the Parisians had come very close to knocking out Real Madrid.
“We lost to the Coupe de France on penalties in a particular context, with national selection players concerned. We deserved much more after 90 minutes,” said Pochettino.
“In the Champions League, if you look at the last confrontations, we are the closest team to eliminate Real Madrid. We’ve had moments in this game that cost us dearly. We didn’t do what we wanted to do. We have to get up and keep trying. We had some difficult moments, but the whole team was able to recover and win the Ligue 1 title. We have to emphasize that too. “
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