Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille?- PSG make surprise decision in 2-1 win

Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille?- PSG make surprise decision in 2-1 win

Taking a player like Lionel Messi off in any game, be it a cup final or a normal, dead rubber league match, is something that raises the eyebrows of fans around the world. Is he tired, injured, or fatigued? Did Messi not play well? Surely it can’t be the latter. So Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille? We try and answer this question for you in our latest featured piece.

A half-time surprise- Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille?

Mauricio Pochettino made the bold call of taking off Lionel Messi against Lille during the half-time break. The Argentine forward had started the game with Neymar and Angel di Maria but was hooked at half-time with Lille leading. A goal by leading starlet from Canada, Jonathan David, was the difference.

Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille?- PSG make surprise decision in 2-1 win (Image: Eurosport)
Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille?- PSG make surprise decision in 2-1 win (Image: Eurosport)

And fans were surprised to see Mauro Icardi come out for the 34-year-old, 6-time Ballon d’Or winner in the second half. Many speculated what the reason for this could be. As it turns out, it was due to an apparent injury. The attacker was feeling his calf during the first half and was brought off for that reason.

Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille? Is his injury serious?

A normal calf injury that doesn’t require stretcher-ing off isn’t a big thing to worry about. What has been peculiar about Messi ever since he has come in is that the team has used him very judiciously. He has made 3 substitute appearances and started just two league games so far. Could it be that this is his retirement team?

It’s not like PSG need him. They are 10 points clear of 2nd-placed Rennes after the Parisians beat Lille via a second-half comeback with goals from Marquinhos and Angel di Maria. It seems that the winger is just there earning his pay and doing an honest day’s work whenever called upon.

Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille? Injury rumours.
Why was Messi subbed off vs Lille? Injury rumours.

His form, on the other hand, has drastically declined. It could be because of the lack of dependence on him, or him having to share the field with other goal-hungry superstars, or it’s just that this might be the beginning of the end for the greatest footballer we have ever seen. But for now, his focus must be on recovering from this injury and having a stellar season with PSG.

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