After the Champions League match against Real Madrid, the Argentinean has defended his ex-international team-mate.

Sergio Aguero slammed critics of Lionel Messi’s performances, labeling them “a**holes.”

Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeated Real Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, albeit Messi was chastised for missing a penalty and being unproductive in attack.

Aguero, on the other hand, has backed Messi, claiming that the French media has a vendetta against the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Speaking on his Twitch channel, Aguero said: “Leo played well, he broke lines. I’m not saying that because he’s a friend, but because he played hard. He was good and very active.

“In France, magazines and newspapers killed him. They are a**holes. I had an interview scheduled with a French magazine, but I said: ‘No, because I support Leo Messi. Period. So goodbye, see you soon.’ Now I’m angry.”

Messi’s penalty miss against Real Madrid was the highlight of his performance, with Thibaut Courtois diving to his left to deny the Argentine in the 61st minute.

Messi was rescued by Mbappe, who scored the game-winning goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, and the former Barcelona star was roundly chastised as a result.

Nevertheless, Messi received a three-out-of-ten rating from French publication L’Equipe, while experts and commentators slammed him, with former PSG attacker Jerome Rothen going so far as to declare Messi offers the Ligue 1 leaders “nothing.”

He told RMC Sport: “Of course, in terms of merchandising, it’s wonderful to have attracted Leo Messi. People come to see Messi play at PSG. But you have to recognise that in a sporting context, he brings nothing to PSG.

“The biggest problem is that this was a great match, that’s where we expect the great players to perform and tonight it was more of a drag than anything else.

“There are technical errors, losses of the ball, the missed penalty – but it can happen to anyone. It’s, above all, his behaviour. He looks down at his boots, it looks like he’s not happy.”