Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has hit out at France for its treatment of Lionel Messi during his two seasons in Ligue 1.

Messi joined the French champions in 2021 on a free transfer from Barcelona and despite winning the league on two occasions, the forward struggled to adapt to life at PSG.

Messi, 35, was booed and jeered by PSG fans following the team's exits from the Champions League over the past few seasons.

Messi opted not to extend his PSG contract at the end of the season and is set to join Major League Soccer's Inter Miami. Mbappe defended his former club teammate and said he deserved more respect in France.