Footage of Lionel Messi going into the build-up to Manchester City’s equalizer in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win has gone viral, proving that Rafael van der Vaart may have a point about the Argentine.
Much has been done about Cristiano Ronaldo’s lack of pressure for Manchester United, but Messi is not running much these days either.
In fact, he was guilty of Raheem Sterling’s equalizer right after the hour mark, as he had absolutely no interest in chasing the ball.
City built an attack and moved the ball from side to side while Messi pretty much stood there watching.
Rodri cut the ball over to Kyle Walker in a delicious way, and the fullback chose his English teammate at the far post.
However, the video is pretty judgmental for Messi as his lack of work speed is captured by many viewers.
Goals of the Raheem Sterling vs PSG
Manchester City moves the ball from one side to the other. Rodri activates the back of the rival defense with a pass to connect with Walker’s break.pic.twitter.com/B1e5pJAaE0
– Javier Parra Peña (@Javier_EPP) November 25, 2021
Tears man just look at Mbappe and Messi. They just go 99% of the time
– LP 🇮🇹 (@thfclp__) November 24, 2021
Messi fans for Ronaldo:
Ronaldo is not pushing, he is the problem
Messi fans tonight see Messi as he continued to walk majestically around the pitch as a model: pic.twitter.com/dRAPLQTZUV
– Baba eleja🐟 (@Biodun_OG) November 24, 2021
Who told Messi not to mark? , this guy is the reason they scored that goal 😡😡😡 he just goes pic.twitter.com/L3WBxubW6k
– Vuvu Acting King Yama Swati in SA🇿🇦 (@vuyiswamb) November 24, 2021
Messi goes all the way and behaves like a tourist who contributes nothing, and his fans blame Poch. Summarizing his career, always protected, it’s always someone else’s fault.
– Messi Fan🇦🇷 (@HonestPESSIAN) November 24, 2021
– PointGod🔰➐ #GlazersOut (@ Point_God_11_) November 24, 2021
Although fans did not expect Messi to cover every glass, he could have come much closer to the opponents’ players and made it harder for them to play.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner produced a handy nutmeg in the first half and was involved in PSG’s opening, but received a low 4/10 rating from L’Equipe.
And former Real Madrid and Spurs midfielder Van der Vaart has become frustrated with Messi and his constant pace.
“He goes for a walk every now and then and I think, ‘Aren’t you ashamed?'” The former midfielder told Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sports.
“I’m starting to get angry at Messi and it’s a shame because such a player will never be born again.
“It started under Ronald Koeman [at Barcelona]. It was actually a refusal to work, and that’s not true for a player like Messi. “