Lionel Messi says Zinedine Zidane's criticism at Real Madrid is surprising

Lionel Messi says Zinedine Zidane's criticism at Real Madrid is surprising

Lionel Messi has expressed how surprised he is to the fact that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is still being criticized despite winning three Champions League titles.

The Argentine football star made this reaction ahead of his side's El Clasico clash against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, December 18.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are on the same point on the Spanish La Liga standings with only two goals differentiating both clubs on the La Liga standings.

Zinedine Zidane has been facing serious criticism since he returned to Real Madrid for the second time and Lionel Messi has spoken about it.

"It's surprising, but those of us who have been in this for a long time, and even more at big clubs, know that this is normal.

"People forget very quickly what happened and was achieved in the past and [demand] you deliver day by day.

"Zidane surely knew when he returned that the three Champions League trophies he had won no longer mattered and [the fans] were going to demand the same as they did on his first day.

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"Coaches and players of the great teams know that we are continuously in the spotlight and living with this,'' Messi told Marca.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner also explained that Real Madrid will have the chance to attack Barcelona in the El Clasico because they are playing away from home.

Earlier, had reported how Lionel Messi came out to reveal that he does not fancy the tag ‘god’ despite the fact that his ardent fans are keen on giving him holy names to match his brilliance.

Messi has for years been tipped as the greatest player to ever grace the beautiful game and while he has closely been rivaled by Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, some of his records are simply hard to match by any stretch.

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