Lionel Messi: Retire or go back to Barcelona - just don't waste any more time at toxic PSG!

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Lionel Messi is finished, apparently.

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In the eyes of some supposed experts, the Argentine's anonymity in Paris Saint Germain's tame Champions League loss at Bayern Munich offered irrefutable evidence that he can no longer cut it at the highest level.

It seems the 2022 World Cup has already been forgotten.

Although not by Jerome Rothen, which is precisely why he was so infuriated by Messi's lacklustre display at the Allianz Arena.

“The joke is that we saw his matches in Qatar, I saw his movements, how he invested himself," the former France and PSG winger fumed on RMC Sport.

"And I don't mind that, considering it's the national team jersey, a separate thing, but hey, respect the club in the capital a little, the one which allows you to maintain a status and salary.

"Only PSG could give him all of that and, obviously, PSG fell at his feet because they thought Messi was going to help us win [the Champions League]. But he doesn't win us anything!"

Now, is it solely Messi's fault that PSG made such a meek exit from this season's tournament? Not at all.

There are deep-rooted issues at PSG, who are paying a heavy price on the pitch for their obsession with expensive superstar signings.

But let's be brutally honest here, Messi is part of the problem. His salary is indeed gargantuan and Rothen is right to wonder if that money might be better spent elsewhere.