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PSG fans slam Lionel Messi over World Cup claim as footage contradicts Inter Miami star

Back in 2022, Messi inspired Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar after a pulsating final against France.

The South Americans won 4-2 via a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 3-3 draw.

On the back of the World Cup, Messi’s relationship with PSG reportedly deteriorated and he eventually left the club this summer.

Messi signed for MLS side Inter Miami on the back of his departure from Paris.

In a recent interview, Messi claimed that he was the only member of the Argentina squad to not be honoured by his club.

He told ESPN Argentina: “I was the only player of the [squad] that didn’t get a [club] recognition.

“It was understandable … because of us [Argentina], they didn’t retain the World Cup.”

However, Messi’s latest comments have been contradicted by a video posted by PSG back in January.

When Messi returned to training with the Parc des Princes club, he was given a guard of honour by players and staff.

Speaking about whether he regrets his decision to move to PSG in the first place, Messi said: “It happened like that. It was not what I expected but I always say things happen for a reason.

“Even if I wasn’t well there, it happened that I was world champion while I was there.”

Messi also spoke about his future with Argentina, he said: “I do think about the Copa América [in 2024],” he said. “After the Copa América we will see, it depends on how I feel. I will see how I feel day by day, there are three years to go.

“I don’t notice if my level of play is declining, I stop and play as always. But there is a reality: I’m older, I have a thousand games behind me, and time passes for everyone.”

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