Lionel Messi has been branded “finished” by brutal football fans after he saw a penalty saved by a robot goalkeeper.
Messi has endured an underwhelming debut campaign at Paris Saint-Germain, contributing just six goals in 26 Ligue 1 appearances following his free transfer from Barcelona in the summer. While PSG won the league title at a canter, the 34-year-old playmaker’s performances have been criticised by some demanding supporters.
The Argentine still has another year left on his PSG contract, but rumours continue to swirl about his future. Messi is currently away on a trip around the Middle East with his PSG team-mates ahead of their final game of the season against Metz on Saturday.
Having been to Saudi Arabia, they are currently in Qatar, where they visited the Olympic and Sports Museum in the capital, Doha. As part of the visit, Messi was challenged to try and put a penalty past a robot goalkeeper. It did not go to plan.
Messi was filmed lining up the spot-kick before taking a proper run-up to smash the ball left-footed. Despite putting his all into the shot, he did not find the back of the net, with the robot moving quickly to its left to push away his effort.
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Supporters were quick to jump on his misfortune. “Nah he's genuinely finished,” wrote one fan on Twitter. “Even I could of scored that so embarrassing,” added another. “Haven’t laughed this hard for a while,” put another.
“This is why Mbappe don’t be giving him the pens,” joked one fan. “He’s off to the MLS because he couldn’t score past one of those machine goalkeepers they have at Blackpool pleasure beach,” added another. “Yeah this guys already retired in his head,” concluded another.
Messi has been strongly linked with new MLS side Inter Miami, who are part-owned by David Beckham. A report from Alex Candal of DIRECTV Sports claims that Messi has already agreed to join Inter Miami next summer. Not only will he play for the team, which is managed by former Manchester United defender and England womens’ boss Phil Neville, he will also take 35 per cent of the club’s shares.
That possibility has been dismissed by Diario Sport, who say that Messi's entourage have branded the report as 'fake news' while insisting the plan is not currently on the agenda.
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