Italian midfielder Marco Verratti has stated that Lionel Messi doesn’t get punished for anything he does on the pitch.
Verratti, who was sent off in the second leg Champions League defeat against Real Madrid issued his apology for silly behavior. The 25-year-old received his second yellow card of the game for dissent against the referee at the Parc Des Princes as PSG crashed out of Europe. However, Verratti believes that Messi would not have been punished if he’d reacted the same way.
“I was Frustrated, I Must Learn”- Verratti
Speaking to La Gazzetta Dello Sport the midfielder revealed that Messi could get away with far worse than just arguing with the officials. Verratti identified his mistake and said, “I got it wrong against Real, but it was a red card out of frustration and sometimes referees could be more tolerant and I Must learn,”
He went on to take a swipe at the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and explained, “It was a bad reaction but I didn’t insult anybody, whereas Messi goes around pointing his finger in the referee’s face and doesn’t even get punished. But anyway, I need to improve.”
Some recent reports have suggested that Messi has also said that he does not want the Italian midfielder at Camp Nou following specultion about a move to La Liga.
Somewhere I guess there are a few decisions that go Messi’s way and Verratti did point that out. I don’t think he received a yellow card for questioning the ref’s choice, but the way in which he charged toward the referee. That is unacceptable and rightfully deserved a second yellow.