'I wish I can meet those people who criticise Messi sooner or later to insult them,' claims Antonio Cassano

Arjun Singh Devgan
Messi is yet to shine for PSG
Messi is yet to shine for PSG / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

Former Italy and Real Madrid striker, Antonio Cassano has come to the defence of Argentina icon, Lionel Messi, revealing that he wishes he "could meet those people who insult the player" and let them know what he thinks.

Messi has come in for criticism for his poor performances for Paris Saint-Germain and was recently booed by the club fans following their Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid last week.

The 34-year-old has been subject to intense scrutiny from both pundits and media, and Cassano is not too pleased with this criticism.

“The most embarrassing thing that I’ve read is that Messi never made sacrifices, contrary to Cristiano Ronaldo. Why should I hear scu***** criticise Messi? They are just adulators who are not even able to look at themselves in the mirror. There are amazing broadcasters, ruined by their presence," he told Bobo TV.

“I wish I can meet these people sooner or later to insult them and tell them what I think. If I tell them now, they would sue me. I don’t want to give them visibility, I just want to tell them that they must be ashamed of themselves," the Italian added.

Despite the criticism aimed at the record seven-time Ballon d'Or award winner, he has still managed to score seven goals and register 11 assists in 26 appearances in all competitions and it will be interesting to see whether he decides to remain in France come the summer.