- Messi called out Vitinha
- Portuguese playmaker wanted to leave
- Vitinha has found form in 2023-24
WHAT HAPPENED? Messi and Vitinha reportedly exchanged words at training in early 2023, with the Argentine levelling a pointed criticism at his own team-mate. The Portuguese subsequently had to be convinced by his compatriot Danilo Pereira to stay at the club.
WHAT THEY SAID: According to a report from French newspaper L'Equipe, Messi told Vitinha: "Not only are you bad, but you’re also hurting me."
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Vitinha endured a difficult first season in Paris after being signed from Porto in July 2022. Although he was a regular starter under Christophe Galtier, he faced harsh criticism from fans — and now, it seems, team-mates — for his inconsistent performances.
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WHAT NEXT? Vitinha, who produced a memorable performance against Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, will line up for PSG in their Ligue 1 clash with Marseille this weekend. Messi, meanwhile, is set to make his return to the Inter Miami first team tonight as they face Toronto.