Thierry Henry passionately defends Lionel Messi by pointing out huge PSG flaw

Thierry Henry has leapt to the defence of Lionel Messi after Paris Saint-Germain fans booed and heckled him at the Parc des Princes.

The Argentine striker targeted by his own supporters during PSG’s 3-0 victory over Bordeaux last weekend. It came after the club’s exit from the Champions League after a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid.

This was new territory for Messi, who has been lauded as a legend whenever he played for Barcelona but his season in Ligue 1 has not gone exactly to plan. That is despite joining a star-studded attack containing Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria.

PSG had a two-goal lead over Real Madrid, including a second-half strike from Mbappe at the Bernabeu that appeared to put the French side in control. But a stunning 17-minute hat-trick from Karim Benzema meant that it was Los Blancos that went through to the next round, where they will now face Chelsea for a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The competition has long been the main goal at the Parc des Princes but the trophy has proved elusive despite a succession of top managers and millions spent in the transfer window. Crashing out at the first knockout stage has placed Mauricio Pochettino under great pressure while Neymar was also booed by his own fans.

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But Henry, who played with Messi at Barcelona where they won the Champions League together, has attacked PSG’s fanbase and revealed that the 3-0 defeat to Monaco proves that the club need the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner. Messi was absent through illness as the Ligue 1 giants were thrashed by their rivals on Sunday.

"Last week, PSG fans booed Messi. How can you boo the greatest of all-time? The guy that has assisted the most goals in Ligue 1?," he said on Amazon Prime FR following PSG's latest defeat. "Today, without Messi the team created nothing."

Messi has had a difficult season this year in Ligue 1, where he has largely underwhelmed in front of goal and has scored just twice. But Pochettino has deployed the 35-year-old in a deeper role where his playmaking abilities have been utilised.

No one has more assists than the former Barcelona star in the division, registering 10. PSG teammate Mbappe and Rennes sat Benjamin Bourigeaud also have reached that number while the Parc des Princes outfit look on course to win the title despite a third defeat in five matches.

PSG are 13 points clear at the top of the table but there has been talk that Pochettino could leave with Manchester United making him one of their top targets this summer. Meanwhile, Barcelona boss Xavi has already stated that he would love to reunite with Messi at the Nou Camp.

"I think Messi is the best in history and in the history of the club," he said. "The doors will be open, and as long as I’m a coach, it’s as if he can come every day if he wants. As a club we owe him a great tribute. He has a contract with PSG and I can’t do much more."

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