Lionel Messi given brutal rating after being hauled off in PSG win over Lille

Lionel Messi was given a brutal player rating after being hauled off at half-time during Paris Saint-Germain's narrow 2-1 win over Lille.

The home side fell behind when Ligue 1 top scorer Jonathan David bagged his eighth of the campaign midway through the first half.

Messi, a doubt before the match because of a muscular problem, was then withdrawn at the break to howls of derision on Twitter.

PSG turned the game around in the second half with late goals from Marquinhos and Angel di Maria, but much of the post-match debate centred on Messi, and Mauricio Pochettino's decision to withdraw him.

The former Tottenham boss confirmed afterwards that Messi was replaced due to injury, not that notoriously harsh French magazine L'Equipe seemed to care much.

While the likes of Renato Sanches and Neymar both received a rating of seven, Messi was awarded a three for his first half showing.

Some fans thought even a three was two high.

One person wrote: "Messi should be -1, literally playing for Lille."

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While someone else said: "Messi 3? Imagine the banter if Messi ends his PSG contract underperforming. "Your goat couldn't chop grass in farmer's league."

Speaking about his decision to replace Messi, Pochettino told Amazon Prime: "We have to wait. We spoke with the doctor. It’s a precaution. He couldn't go on, but it's not a big issue. He will be available for the next game."

Asked whether playing with a number nine like Mauro Icardi suited the team better, Pochettino replied: "I don't think that was the problem in the first half. It's just that Lille knows us well.

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"We weren't good enough to feed our offensive players and have control of the game. But I don't think it's a single player or a position that changes everything.

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"Overall I think we deserved to win. It's an option to play (a three-man defence next time), to find different ways to play. We can adapt to this system.

"But it's good to be flexible. Sometimes the starting plan doesn't work and I'm happy to have that option for players with different characteristics. But we have to keep working on it."

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