Although France, which was devastated by Argentina’s victory in the World Cup final, may have been skeptical of Lionel Messi’s return, Paris Saint-Germain welcomed him with a guard of honor.
After taking two weeks off after winning the penalty shootout final in Qatar, the Argentine star arrived in France at last.
He was greeted with a guard of honor when he arrived at practice on Wednesday morning. The sporting director, Luis Campos, then presented him with a small trophy as he entered the training field to cheers.
After celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory at home in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Messi returned to PSG and embraced Neymar and his fellow teammates at their training facility while beaming broadly.
Achraf Hakimi and Kylian Mbappe were absent because they are taking a break after being rushed back from the World Cup. Mbappe defeated them in the final.
Players like Neymar and Mbappe’s younger brother were among those who participated in Messi’s guard of honor.
After the World Cup break, the Parisian giants played against Strasbourg on December 28. The Argentina captain was not present.
Neymar and Mbappe, who played in the World Cup final just ten days earlier, started the game in his place while Messi stayed in Argentina.
It will now be up to manager Christophe Galtier to reintegrate him into the team; the earliest he is anticipated to play is the Ligue 1 match against Angers on January 11.
Messi wasn’t reunited with several of his PSG teammates until early Wednesday morning since many of them had been given the day off on Tuesday.
He was seen reunited in the locker room with Carlos Soler and Nuno Mendes in addition to Neymar.
Messi made the most of his opportunity to celebrate Argentina‘s first World Cup victory since 1986 while at home.
A few days ago, a video of him dancing at his niece’s 15th birthday party went viral. On the way there, he was surrounded by fans.