Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage for the second successive season with restless fans chanting the name of their former star Lionel Messi.
Barcelona fans chanted for former star Lionel Messi as they watched their side crash out of the Champions League group stage again on Wednesday night.
Xavi Hernandez’s Barca were eliminated from Europe’s premier club competition at the first hurdle for the second successive season, despite a full round of group stage matches remaining following Inter’s four-goal victory over Viktoria Plzen earlier on Wednesday.
Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract a year ago from Barcelona as a free agent. The sensational move played out after the Catalan giants were unable to register the Argentine superstar with a new contract due to strict Financial Fair Play compliance laws by La Liga. His contract at PSG will expire this summer.
The Argentine star has been on fire in front of goal this campaign for Les Parisiens and has already netted 11 goals across all competitions this season. That means he has already equalled his tally in his debut season in Paris, as he appears to have rediscovered his top form in the French capital.
His exit from the Camp Nou before the start of last season coincided with the club enduring a trophyless campaign. They tumbled out of the Champions League in the group stages, exited the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage and finished a distant second to Real Madrid in La Liga.
This season saw expectations at the club once again turned up several levels due to a series of high-profile signings. Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Raphinha, Marcos Alonso, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen were among a glut of arrivals, building on a busy January, which saw Ferran Torres added to the squad.