Messi ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League squad with injury.. Paris Saint-Germain have excluded Lionel Messi from their 21-man Champions League squad to face RB Leipzig due to hamstring and knee injuries.
Messi, who joined the French giants this summer on a free transfer from Barcelona, has had a slow start to life in Paris, having only scored one league goal since arriving.
His Champions League form has been much better, however, with three goals in three Group A games so far.
He was substituted before halftime in PSG’s 2-1 win over Lille last Friday and Mauricio Pochettino has now been forced to let him out of the trip to Germany as a precaution.
A statement on the official PSG website reads: “Leo Messi has hamstring pain in his left leg and knee pain from a contusion.”
On Monday Messi admitted he was frustrated by comments from Barcelona president Joan Laporta that he “hoped” to play for free at his former club.
The 34-year-old said he had “done everything he could” to try to stay at the club where he had made a name for himself.
“The truth is, as I explained when I left, I did everything I could to stay,” Messi told Sport.
“At no time did they ask me to play for free. They asked me to reduce my salary by 50% and I did so without any problem. We were ready to help the club more. My desire and that of my family was to stay in Barcelona.
“No one asked me to play for free, but at the same time, the president’s words were inappropriate. It hurts because I don’t think it necessary to say it.
“It’s like you take the ball and not accept responsibility or take charge of things. It makes people think and generates doubts that I don’t think I deserve.
Messi wants to return to the Catalan club in the future as he has hinted that he is considering a managerial role when he finally retires.
“I have always said that I would like to help the club and be useful. I would like to be a sporting director at some point. I don’t know if it will be Barcelona or not, or if it will be something else,” added the PSG striker.
“If I get the chance I would like to go back and bring what I can because this is the club I love and I would like them to continue to do well and grow and be one of the best in the world. “