Lionel Messi could make his first appearance for Paris Saint Germain later today since he has trained with the French club for two days.
PSG will play their second French Ligue 1 game of the season which will be against Strasbourg at 20:00 today, August 14, 2021. The match will take place at Parc Des Princes, the home ground of PSG.
Their first game of the season was played last weekend in the absence of Messi who had not finalized his move to the French side then. The game which was played between PSG and Troyes ended 2-1 in favor of PSG.
Hence, the home game between PSG and Strasbourg would be a perfect time to give Lionel Messi his first test of French league football. That could happen in the presence of spectators to give the game a better feel.
Recall that the 34-year-old Argentine football icon made it to his first training session at PSG on Thursday, a week after he shed so many tears during his last press conference at FC Barcelona.
First the first time in his career, Lionel Messi had to leave the Spanish La Liga club when the Spanish club confirmed that their poor financial situation would not permit them to offer the Argentina international a new contract.
After a series of back and forth, PSG jump on the opportunity to sign the versatile Argentine football star for free to send a signal to their competitors that they are ready for business this season.
In one of the press conferences he participated in after he signed a two-year deal with PSG, Lionel Messi said: “The moment I arrived here, I felt very happy, and I really want to begin the training sessions. I want it to be quick.
“My only will now is to begin the training sessions. I want to work with the staff and teammates and begin this new moment of my life.
“I have this will to play. I am really impatient. I still want to win, as I did the first moment of my career.
“I feel this club is ready to fight for all the trophies. This is my goal. I want to keep growing and keep winning titles and that is why I came to this club.”
According to reports, the record 6 times Ballon d’Or winner made a first impression which could last for a very long time on Thursday, August 12, 2021. He turned up in training two hours before the scheduled time to get used to the environment.
Lionel Messi is expected to play alongside his friend and former teammate at FC Barcelona, Neymar. He is also expected to play alongside Kylian Mbappe who is regarded as the future of football when Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exit the game.
On his first day at PSG, Messi took out time to give the French striker a very warm embrace to announce that he was not at the club to take away the shine of the 22-year-old striker.
Another player Lionel Messi could line up with later on in the season is Sergio Ramos. The veteran defender was seen as one of Messi’s arch-rivals in Spain because Ramos captained Real Madrid while Messi captained Barcelona, two Spanish giants that don’t like seeing eye to eye.
On his first day in training, Lionel Messi took out time to have a chitchat with Ramos and hugged each other for the first time in their careers.
The legendary defender took to his Instagram page to share a picture of his jersey and that of Messi and wrote: “Who’d have thought it, right, Leo?”
With this, it means all his well between Messi and Ramos. The world can’t wait to see them play together for the first time in their successful football careers.