Monaco midfielder Cesc scoffs at Messi critics: Did they even watch him against Real Madrid?

AS Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas has rejected criticism of Lionel Messi at PSG.

The pair are former Barcelona teammates and remain close.

Cesc told Mundo Deportivo: “I’ve read things by people who shouldn’t have seen him play against Real Madrid. Without being stellar, he played a good game. He left (Kylian) Mbappé alone in the first half with a pass that no other of the twenty-one players on the field would be capable of.

“He got between the lines well, gave Neymar another assist that could have been a goal… He missed a penalty. And? Judging him for that seems ridiculous to me. Football goes much further. (Thibaut) Courtois is a fantastic goalkeeper and he has merit.

“Messi is happy when he wins, when he scores and when he manages to be decisive. That’s why he has been who he is for fifteen years. The most similar to him is Cristiano Ronaldo, but I have not seen anyone like him.

“I remember the first year of Luis Enrique in which he was criticised a lot. A crisis of all that was made. Then Barça won the treble. Now something similar can happen. I understand that newspapers have to be sold, but we are talking about a player who can leave you grounded in a second. With Messi you always have to be careful, just in case.”

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