Messi flamed out again at last game for PSG, Auxerre relegated
Lionel Messi experienced the absolute highlight of his career this season with the World Cup with Argentina, but at club level the flag is hanging very differently. The 35-year-old starlet lost on the last match day in the Ligue 1 with champion PSG to Clermont and, not for the first time, was treated by his own fans to a strident whistling concert.
That whistling occurred when the lineups were called and repeated again when he missed a chance. He has not made himself popular in the French capital for the past two seasons, so he is leaving the club through the back door.
Speculation is rife about his future. Barcelona coach Xavi would like to bring Messi back, but the French news agency AFP previously reported that the Argentine star soccer player is already in talks with a club in Saudi Arabia, for which he is tourist ambassador.
He would go on to earn around 360 million euros a year there.
In addition to Messi, Sergio Ramos also bid farewell to PSG. The Spanish defender also played two years in the French capital, after spending nearly a lifetime for Real Madrid. Ramos graced his farewell with a fine header goal.
PSG’s players also showed their support for Sergio Rico, with a picture of him on their shirts. The reserve goalkeeper was badly injured last weekend with a fall from a horse. He is in intensive care.
Curtain falls for Auxerre
In France, the curtain fell on the final matchday for Auxerre. Number two RC Lens was. thanks in part to a goal (his 21st) and an assist from former Vitesse player Loïs Openda, too strong 1-3, leaving Auxerre to play in the second tier next season.