Lionel Messi and Paris Saint Germain will say goodbye to the year this Wednesday, starting at 5 pm, when they visit Lorient, one of the teams in the relegation zone, for date 19 of the French Ligue 1. The meeting can be seen on ESPN and the Star + platform.
It will be the closing of an atypical but successful 2021 for the Rosario who for the first time in his career wore three shirts in one year: Barcelona, the National Team and PSG. Up to now, Messi played 60 games, scored 43 goals and provided 18 assists on the schedule.
The number 30 will reappear after his absence in the French Cup win against Feignies-Aulnoye 3-0 with a goal from Mauro Icardi, and in the midst of some controversy over the indoor climate at the Parisian club.
According to the French sports newspaper The team, at PSG there is discomfort in the dressing room and among the leaders due to the recent attitude of their stars, as when after the delivery of the Ballon d’Or several players went to a disco and, to training the next morning, Messi and Paredes were absent due to “gastroenteritis”.
Brazilian Neymar is also the protagonist off the pitch since he did not appear on time for a signature with one of the PSG sponsors, probably due to the discrepancies that had occurred due to a coronavirus test that was carried out.
Leonardo, the Brazilian sports director of the club, proposed to sanction his compatriot but at the last minute he preferred to let it go for fear that a punishment would leak that would have generated a lot of media noise.
The newspaper also highlights another of the episodes that broke the calm in the club as Icardi’s marriage crisis, who had to travel urgently to Italy and received a license from the leaders in those days. According to The team, the costumes are divided between a French / European and a Latin / Spanish side, given that the former are upset with some concessions for the latter, such as the lack of punishment for their indiscipline.
Consequently, this Tuesday the Santa Fe coach Mauricio Pochettino came out to highlight the “good atmosphere” of work that exists in the club and that the group is “united” during the press conference prior to the match against Lorient.
In Ligue 1, Pochettino’s team, which beat Monaco 2-0 on the last matchday, is the leader with 45 points and took a 13 lead over his guard, Jorge Sampaoli’s Olympique de Marseille, which has one game less and this Wednesday will receive Reims, who is in the middle of the table.
Lorient, meanwhile, lost the last seven games and with 15 units is one of the three teams in the relegation zone.
The renewal of Mbappé
“Mbappé 2050”. That phrase appeared on the shirt that several teammates gave to the French striker to celebrate his 23rd birthday, in reference to his elusive renewal with PSG for now.
The garment came to light by the image posted by the Spanish Juan Bernat on his social networks, taken in a bar in the Parisian capital where many of them came to celebrate Mbappé.
The player, whose contract ends on June 30, You can negotiate with any club from January 1 next and, for now, you refuse to accept renewal offers of the French entity.
In the image appear the Spaniards Bernat, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Rico, Rafinha and Ander Herrera, the Costa Rican Keylor Navas, the Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, the Italian Marco Verratti, the Portuguese Danilo, the Dutch Georginio Wijnaldum and the German Julian Draxler.