State of emergency in the Prinzenpark!
The new Parisian landmark Lionel Messi (34) was greeted once again with deafening applause from the fans during the PSG game against RC Strasbourg on Saturday evening. His first appearance in the new stadium!
The superstar, who was not in the squad, addressed the almost 50,000 with a speech. As a reception there was also a fireworks display for Messi.
Messi: “I am very happy to be here and I hope that we will all have a great year together.”
The ex-Barça star was presented again before the league game kicked off – together with the other newcomers Sergio Ramos (35), Achraf Hakimi (22), Georginio Wijnaldum (30), Gianluigi Donnarumma (22).
Time and again, “Messi, Messi” chants resounded through the Prinzenpark Stadium. The Argentine, who had shaped an era at FC Barcelona, wore a T-Shit like all the newcomers with the words: “We are Paris”.
The only negative point of an intoxicating reception: Kylian Mbappé (22), willing to change, was whistled by his own fans while warming up. According to French media, Mbappé asked for the release because he does not want to play with Messi.
Paris confirmed Messi’s signing last Tuesday. When the Argentine will make his debut is still open. The superstar should be in top shape before his first game, according to coach Mauricio Pochettino (49). Messi watched the first home game of the season in the stands next to his buddy Neymar (29).
The four-time Champions League winner was unable to sign a new contract after more than 20 years at FC Barcelona due to the club’s financial problems.
PSG won the game against Strasbourg 4-2. This puts the Sheikh Club in first place in Ligue 1 with six points after two matchdays.