Even months after Messi’s departure, his relationship with PSG remains a hot topic. Recently, Messi voiced his dissatisfaction with the Parisian club, asserting that he received no recognition upon his return from winning the World Cup in Qatar, despite the accomplishments of his 25 teammates. Discover Al Khelaifi responds to Messi: With all due respect PSG are a French club.
In response to Messi’s comments, PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi responds to Messi in an interview with French media ahead of the Marseille derby. Al Khelaifi stated, “There’s a lot of talk outside, but I’m not sure what he said or didn’t say. As everyone saw, we released a video congratulating Messi during training, and we also did it privately. However, we must respect the fact that we are a French club.”
Al Khelaifi explained that they couldn’t have a grand celebration due to respect for the country Messi defeated, his French teammates, and the club’s supporters. He described it as a delicate situation to have a celebration in the stadium.
Al Khelaifi also touched on the relationship with Kylian Mbappe, which has been eventful, with the player even being excluded from the squad for the pre-season tour of Japan. Al Khelaifi emphasized that the issues they faced remained within the PSG family and expressed pride in Mbappe’s performance, going as far as to call for him to win the Ballon d’Or and dubbing him “the best player in the world.”