Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has expressed his astonishment at the recent campaign of criticism against Argentine Lionel Messi for not adapting to Paris Saint-Germain.
For his part, Benzema believes that the critics of Argentine Lionel Messi, the legend of Barcelona and the current star of Paris Saint-Germain, do not understand anything about football.
Messi left Barcelona last summer to Paris Saint-Germain in a literal Mercato transfer deal last summer, and began a new challenge in his career after spending 20 years of his career in the “Camp Nou”.
So far, Messi, who inspired Barcelona to 35 trophies and broke several records, has yet to reach his best level yet at PSG after the first half of the 2021-22 season.
Despite this, Benzema never doubts that Messi will be able to come back stronger than ever, and that he will succeed in adapting to the unfamiliar situation.
Benzema has met many unforgettable times against Messi in the Clasico, and the duo will renew the match when Real Madrid faces Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 of the Champions League next February.
Benzema spoke about this confrontation, saying that I am deeply saddened to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Benzema made statements with the French program “Telefoot” in which he defended Messi when he was asked about the disappointing performance of the Argentine: “How will Messi not succeed?”
The 33-year-old added: “He just takes time to adapt because he hasn’t scored many goals, but look at what he’s doing on the pitch.”
And the royal club sniper added: “In any case, you cannot criticize a player like Messi, the person who criticizes him does not understand anything about football.”
Benzema commented on his nomination to win the Ballon d’Or, and not get the award again in 2021.
And the star of the roosters’ national team continued, “As I said since I was young, fourth, second or thirty, the same thing, the most important thing is to win.”
He continued: “Seeing the fans chanting my name for the Ballon d’Or, or singing for me on my birthday, these are things that touch me and push me to continue performing on the field.”
What did Messi do in the 2021-22 season?
It is worth noting that Messi has played 16 matches so far with Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions, during which he managed to score six goals and provide five assists.
Messi still rivals being a powerhouse in the Champions League, scoring five goals in five group stage matches, but scoring only once in Ligue 1.