He took that personally.
Lionel Messi said he resents not having been recognized by Paris Saint-Germain for his World Cup win, especially as all of his Argentina teammates were honored by their own clubs.
Messi scored twice in the final and also converted a penalty in the shootout as Argentina won 4-2 on penalties against France at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Regarding his return to Paris after the World Cup, Messi told ESPN: "I was the only player of the 25 that didn't get a [club] recognition."
He then added: "It was understandable ... because of us [Argentina], they [France] didn't retain the World Cup."
Messi, who left PSG in June after his contract expired, found it difficult to adapt to Paris and admitted there was a "fracture with a significant group of the PSG fans" during his two seasons at the club.
Asked whether he would have liked not to have moved to Paris, Messi said: "It happened like that. It was not what I expected, but I always say things happen for a reason. Even if I wasn't well there, it happened that I was world champion while I was there."
Messi now says he's enjoying his football and his life at Inter Miami.
"I love what I do, I enjoy playing, and now it's a different way," the former Barcelona star added in the interview for Granados' "Soné que volaba" program broadcast on his YouTube channel. "That is why I made the decision to come to Miami and not continue my career elsewhere: you experience it a different way."