Ronaldinho baffled as Paris Saint-Germain fans boo Lionel Messi

Ronaldinho has questioned why PSG fans booed Lionel Messi
Ronaldinho has questioned why PSG fans booed Lionel Messi / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Ronaldinho has questioned why Paris Saint-Germain fans chose to boo Lionel Messi after the club were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema scored a late hat-trick in the second leg while Messi failed to shine and didn't look his usual self. Both Messi and Neymar were subject to loud boos and jeers at PSG's next home game, leading to several current and former players questioning the behaviour of fans.

Ronaldinho, who spent two years at PSG, admitted he doesn't understand the reason behind the disrespect shown to Messi. He told AS: "It’s difficult for Messi because he arrived after many years playing a completely different kind of football at a club that has always played the same way.

“He just lacks adaptation, but the rest will come naturally. It’s normal. He just needs time.

“I don’t understand [the boos]. If you whistle Messi, there’s nothing left! If you whistle the best in the world, who are you going to applaud? I don’t get it.”

Messi has scored just seven goals for PSG since making the switch from Barcelona last summer, and has been linked with a return to Camp Nou after failing to establish himself at the Parc des Princes.

Ronaldinho added on his fellow countryman: “I think it's not a Messi problem or a Neymar problem. The fans were not happy about not being able to win the Champions League.

“The two biggest names at PSG are Neymar and Messi, so it's normal that they were a bit stronger against them. But I think the fans are unhappy with all the players, not just those two. But it is football and, in a while, normality will return.

“I hope that next season Neymar doesn't get injured and the rest is normal. Every year he wins something, in the national team or at PSG. Well, the Champions League not yet. But I hope that with Messi's adaptation the three of them [along with Kylian Mbappe] can write a great story.”