Messi whistled at last game for PSG again, Auxerre relegated
Lionel Messi experienced the absolute peak 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. Messi has not made himself popular in the French capital in recent weeks, including an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia, and is leaving the club through the back door after two years.
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, where he is tourist ambassador. Messi 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 seriously injured last weekend in 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, thanks in part to a goal (his 21st) and an assist from former Vitesse player Loïs Openda, was too strong 1-3, leaving Auxerre to play in the second tier next season.
Stade Rennes secured fourth place and thus participation in the Europa League with a 1-2 win at Brest. AS Monaco lost 1-2 to Dutch-tinged Toulouse and suffered its third defeat in a row. As a result, the team even missed out on European soccer. Thanks to a 1-1 draw against Troyes, Lille enters the preliminary round of the Conference League.