PSG fans reportedly descended on Miami to express their displeasure with the legendary Argentine forward.
Messi, who left PSG after two years to join MLS club Inter Miami this summer, had a complicated relationship with the French club’s fanbase that soured after the 2022 World Cup.
The 36-year-old, who inspired La Albiceleste to a third World Cup victory by defeating France in a post-match penalty shootout, was labelled a mercenary by some supporters, per The Athletic.
Now, as the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner appears to have put his challenging period with PSG in the rearview mirror, delivering goals and transforming the fortunes of the Florida-based franchise, a segment of PSG fans, known as the Ultras, purportedly travelled to Miami to remind the illustrious Argentine of their tough love for him, All Football reports.
In photos circulating on the X App, formerly known as Twitter, two fans, believed to be from the Ultra group, held up a large banner expressing their displeasure with Messi.
The banner read: “Messi: Finally rid of the rude.”
Meanwhile, soccer fans in the United States gathered in Times Square to watch the Argentine star score in Inter Miami’s MLS debut against the New York Red Bulls.
He made the wait worthwhile by scoring a close-range goal in the 89th minute to seal Inter Miami’s 2-0 victory.
Messi scored another goal for the reigning League Cup champions, and fans celebrated.
Messi nets goal on MLS debut
Despite the abuse from PSG fans, the Argentine superstar scored on his MLS debut for Inter Miami, scoring in the 89th minute with a close-range strike against the New York Red Bulls.
After a great run inside the box, Benjamin Cremaschi found Messi with a cross.
The Herons scored a fantastic team goal, which began with an acrobatic pass from Jordi Alba to Messi.