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Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammate fumes at PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino over Lionel Messi decision

Lionel Messi, PSG, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mauricio Pochettino, Rio Ferdinand

Cristiano Ronaldo’s former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand thinks Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino’s has disrespected Lionel Messi during the Manchester City game.

Lionel Messi finally made his mark on PSG after scoring the final goal against Manchester City on Tuesday at Parc des Princes.

The 34-year-old also displayed his defensive skill by lying down behind PSG’s wall during a Manchester Ciy free-kick. However, for Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, it shouldn’t have happened.

According to Ferdinand, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino shouldn’t have made Messi lay down behind PSG’s will like that as it is “disrespectful” to ask a legendary player to do such task.

“The moment [Mauricio] Pochettino asked him to do this at the training ground, someone should have gone in and said, ‘No, no, no, Lionel Messi doesn’t do that’,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport via Metro. “You can’t do it, it’s disrespectful, I wouldn’t have it.”

Ferdinand further pointed out that other PSG players should have also done something about Pochettino’s call, stressing that if he was there, he would have laid down behind the wall instead of Messi.

“If I was in that [PSG] team, I would be like, ‘No, no, no, I’d lay down for you [Messi],” the former Manchester United center-back said. ” He doesn’t get his kit dirty, that’s not what Messi does.”

“If Messi is happy in Paris, I will be so happy for Leo,” he continued. “And let me say I’m in love with Marco Verratti [too].”

After the win over Manchester City, PSG is now at the top of their UEFA Champions League group.