Lionel Messi, who is regarded as one of the best players to have ever played the game of soccer has recently achieved yet another milestone and added another feather to his glorious career after he reached 300 assists in his club career spanning across FC Barcelona and PSG.
Messi achieved the feat in PSG’s recent game against Ligue 1 side Brest which PSG won 2-1 after Messi set up Kylian Mbappe in the final moments of the game to score the match-winner. But the milestone has been marred by controversy due to the recent charges on Barcelona.
Messi’s former club FC Barcelona was charged with corruption recently by the Barcelone Provincial Prosecutor’s office for corruption spanning from 2001 to 2018. According to reports, FC Barcelona has been caught in the scandal as they have been accused of making several payments to the CTA Vice President, Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira.
Lionel Messi reaches 300 club assists after tonight’s one to Mbappé between Barcelona and PSG — and he’s in the history again. 🔵🅰️🇦🇷 #Messi pic.twitter.com/k6h7reor37
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 11, 2023
The charges meant that all of the achievements that Barcelona has achieved during this time come under the scanner and so does Lionel Messi who has been alleged by the fans to be favored by the refs throughout his Barcelona career.
The development has rocked Spanish soccer as Real Madrid recently held an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors to discuss what their stance would be on the charges leveled at FC Barcelona.
Fans slam Lionel Messi after his 300th career assist
We went to Twitter to take a look at how the fans reacted to Lionel Messi’s milestone:
We noticed a fan who believed that Messi reached this landmark milestone only because of the help he has received from referees over the years and the fan asked how many of these assists were rigged by corrupt refs.
They wrote: “How many of them were rigged by corrupt refs?”
How many of them were rigged by corrupt refs?
— Pferdinand (@DasPferdinand) March 11, 2023
Another fan reiterated the same stance and stated that all of these assists have been because of corrupt referees. It has to be mentioned that Messi has scored 269 of his 300 assists for FC Barcelona.
The fan wrote: “All corruption assists”
All corruption assists
— 𝙇𝘽𝙕 (@losblancoszone) March 11, 2023
A fan believed that Messi is only able to show up against smaller teams while he hides in big games like the recent tie against Bayern Munich which PSG lost and was thus knocked out of the UCL. The fan also mentioned that Messi isn’t able to perform against Bayern like Cristiano Ronaldo used to.
They wrote: “Still couldn’t aid his team in destroying Bayern like my 🐐🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹”
Still couldn’t aid his team in destroying Bayern like my 🐐🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹
— AliAli179 (@AliAli7179) March 11, 2023
It seems like Messi’s recent achievement has been overshadowed by the huge development regarding FC Barcelona and it will be interesting to see if the charges leveled at Barcelona are held to be true.
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