Whistles and Boos Greet Lionel Messi on PSG Return as Neymar and Suarez Watch On

Lionel Messi had to deal with boos and whistles on his Paris Saint-Germain return, but was spared the complete wrath of the Parc des Princes.

The Argentine was named in Christophe Galtier’s line-up that beat AC Ajaccio 5-0, cutting short his two-week suspension imposed for an unsanctioned trip to Saudi Arabia.


Messi had been punished for flying to the Middle East to serve his duties as a tourism ambassador for the Gulf state without the club’s permission.

But, 11 days on from a PSG statement confirming the World Cup winner would be suspended for skipping training, he returned to the line-up to a mixed response.

However, when the teams were announced, whistles accompanied Messi’s name while the stadium was filling pre-match.

Then, when the 35-year-old stepped out for pre-match warm-ups, sections of the stadium fought back against the whistles with cheers.

That didn’t last long, though, as when kick-off took place his first touch of the ball was loudly jeered, as was his first corner in front of the Auteuil stand.

Thankfully for Messi, a lull in the noise soon came, which was punctured by Fabian Ruiz’s 22nd minute opener.

PSG then completed a rout of the relegation-threatened side with further goals from Achraf Hakimi, a Kylian Mbappe double and an own-goal from Mohamed Youssouf.

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