During the second day of Group A of the Champions League, Lionel Messi lay behind the wall of Paris Saint-Germain on a free kick from Manchester City in the last minutes of the Parisian victory (2-0), in order to avoid an opponent’s attempt at ground level. An image that had surprised several observers of the football world, not understanding how we could let a six-fold Golden Ball at the time fall to the ground on the set piece.
In an interview with France Football a few days after winning the seventh soundtrack of his career, La Pulga made a point of playing down the situation, confident that he had folded of his own free will: “At that time, we needed this. We were winning. There was no one to do it and, as I was there, I went to bed. Frankly, it’s nothing. We all have to contribute something to get results ”, he told the sports monthly.