The recent weekend was a real headache for Lionel Messi. The 2-0 defeat against Stade Rennais in Ligue 1 increased the rift that exists between the footballer and the fans of the French team, who whistled at him before the match in the Parc des Princes. Less than 24 hours after the duel, La Pulga set foot on Argentine soil where he is a national idol and is ready to change the chip to Selection mode where he will meet his teammates for the friendlies with Panama and Curaçao.
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The first to say present on Monday at the Ezeiza Airport were Emiliano Martínez and Emiliano Buendía, both from Birmingham where Aston Villa is located. Shortly after 10 in the morning, Lionel landed after making a stopover in Asunción prior to his arrival in Buenos Aires. The first to run down were Ciro, Thiago and Mateo to get into a truck. Shortly after, Antonela Roccuzzo appeared with the Paris Saint Germain footballer.
Unlike other occasions, the man from Rosario traveled only with his family and no member of the squad shared a plane with him. The next to arrive will be those from Italy: Ángel Di María, Leandro Paredes, Valentín Carboni and Lautaro Martínez. Previously, Enzo Fernández, Nicolás Tagliafico and Nicolás Otamendi arrived.
* Buendía and Martínez also arrived on Monday morning
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It is worth remembering that a few hours after the fall before Rennes, Antonela Roccuzzo published a photo on her Instagram profile where Lionel is seen with his three children on top and the caption “the best dad in the world”. The man from Rosario also went viral on social networks for a video in which he is seen angry heading to the locker room after the final whistle while Kylian Mbappé and the rest of the squad were on the pitch greeting the fans who said they were present at the Park of the Princes.
It must be remembered that the team will face Panama next Thursday from 8:30 p.m. at the Más Monumental stadium in the first of the two matches that will serve to celebrate the world title in the Middle East. The one who will not be present along with the rest of the other 25 champions will be Papu Gómez, who through a message on his networks announced that he will not be able to travel from Seville because he has to continue recovering from his injury.
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Beyond the friendly against the Concacaf team, there will be a second match in the interior of the country that will also serve to continue the celebrations for having achieved the third star. On Tuesday, March 28, the selected one will face off against the Curaçao national team. The place chosen for this confrontation was the Madre de Ciudades stadium, in the province of Santiago del Estero. It remains to know the schedule of the meeting.
THE 36 CALLED FOR THE FRIENDLY
GOALKEEPERS: Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Ajax) and Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa).
DEFENDERS: Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid), Nehuén Pérez (Udinese), Germán Pezzella (Betis), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martínez (Manchester) United), Nicolás Tagliafico (Olympique Lyon), Marcos Acuña (Sevilla) and Lautaro Blanco (Elche).
MIDDLE FIELDERS: Leandro Paredes (Juventus), Guido Rodriguez (Betis), Enzo Fernandez (Chelsea), Maximilian Perrone (Manchester City), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Facundo Buonanotte (Brighton), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United), Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton), Angel Di Maria (Juventus), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa) and Valentin Carboni (Inter).
FORWARD: Lionel Messi (PSG), Paulo Dybala (Roma), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City), Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla) and Giovanni Simeone (Napoli). ).
*It remains to be seen if the National Team takes Garnacho off the roster due to injury
Messi’s gesture in PSG’s defeat that generated criticism from fans: the furious response of the Argentines Messi’s flashes in PSG’s tough defeat against Rennes: two passes to leave Mbappé one-on-one and a corner that was almost a goal Olympic Whistles and some applause: the reaction of PSG fans when they named Messi before the game with Rennes
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