Lionel Messi and Neymar are booed by Paris Saint-Germain fans

It’s been a bad week for Paris Saint-Germain and in particular for Lionel Messi and Neymar.

In their first home game after the dramatic slump in the Champions League at Real Madrid, both players were booed at every touch of the ball against Bordeaux on Sunday. Even when Neymar scored, he didn’t celebrate when the home fans whistled.

PSG are leading Ligue 1 in a breakaway but have taken a habit of suffocating in European competition – the stage most crucial to the club’s reputation and to its Qatari owners. 2-0 aggregate this week, they conceded three goals in a row against Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema to lose in the round of 16.

“Our Paris Saint-Germain deserves people who serve it, not people who it serves,” PSG’s ultra group, the Collectif Ultras Paris, said in a statement on Twitter ahead of Sunday’s game. “Against Bordeaux on Sunday we will show our displeasure and we ask all those who love the club who will be present to join our non-violent action.”

PSG's Lionel Messi holds his head in his hand during a game against Bordeaux.
Lionel Messi
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PSG fans boo during the match against Bordeaux with Paris Saint-Germain's Lionel Messi in the foreground.
PSG fans boo Lionel Messi.
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Reports since the midweek collapse have pointed to problems in PSG’s dressing room, including a clash between Neymar and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, which Neymar denied in an Instagram post.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino’s job is expected to be put under scrutiny after being eliminated from the Champions League as his three predecessors were sacked for failing to win the competition.

PSG's Neymar gestures after missing a scoring opportunity during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday March 13, 2022.
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Paris St Germain fans react after Neymar scored his second goal.
PSG fans boo Neymar.
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If Pochettino is sacked, he will be linked with the job at Manchester United that needs to be filled in the summer. Lionel Messi and Neymar are booed by Paris Saint-Germain fans


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