Lionel Messi was reportedly substituted against Lyon due to knee pain

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi is yet to open his goal account for PSG
Lionel Messi is yet to open his goal account for PSG / ANP Sport/Getty Images

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi made his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain during their 2-1 win over Lyon last weekend and it was marked by controversy following his apparent frustration at being substituted by manager, Mauricio Pochettino with his side still chasing the win.

Pochettino had defended his decision to substitute Messi in a press conference post the game, revealing that as a manager he has to make tough decisions. Now L'Equipe via Marca reports that the 34-year-old was suffering from knee discomfort and was seen touching his knees and making "a few circular motions" to test them during the game.

Pochettino and his coaching staff had reportedly asked Messi if he was okay, with the player reassuring them that he could continue playing - however he decided it was time to replace the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner.

The report also goes on to state that representatives in Messi's camp have admitted that he wanted to stay on the pitch.

"He is never happy to be replaced and it has hardly happened during his career," those close to the forward explained.

The striker who moved to Paris amid huge expectation is yet to open his account for his new club in front of goal, playing three games so far for them.