In January of this year, Messi traveled with PSG to play a friendly against the Saudi Pro League XI team ( REUTERS / Ahmed Yosri)
After the tough defeat that PSG suffered against Lorient in Ligue 1 in the Parc des Princes, Lionel Messi did not train with Christophe Galtier’s Parisian team and got on a plane with the rest of his family bound for Saudi Arabia.
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This was confirmed by the Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al Khateeb, who on his official Twitter account announced the arrival of the star from Rosario on Saudi soil. “I am pleased to welcome Saudi Arabian Tourism Ambassador Lionel Messi and his family on their second vacation here. We are happy to share our authentic Saudi welcome with all of you,” he said.
As the leader himself indicated in his publication, the captain of the Argentine team disembarked as part of the agreement he has with the Middle Eastern country. Although no official photos of the arrival were released, Messi is expected to spend a few hours in Saudi Arabia. As indicated by the press in France, in this case the sports newspaper L’Equipe, Leo was absent from the work of Paris Saint Germain on Monday.
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On Tuesday, the squad of the Paris team will have the day off and will just meet again at Camp de Logues this Wednesday to resume training ahead of the final stretch of the season in Ligue 1 with the presence of Messi. Despite the loss to Lorient, which sparked criticism for the team’s poor level, PSG remains the leader of the top French football tournament with 75 points, five units over Olympique de Marseille.
The message of the Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia before the arrival of Lionel Messi
Messi’s arrival in Saudi Arabia sparked a revolution in the country and the hashtag #HelloMessi went viral before the visit of the footballer who became world champion with Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar in December last year.
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After the loss at home, the Argentine striker was one of those targeted for his poor performance. “It was one of those games in which the Argentine totally loses his way. He made some bad decisions, he was not very successful in his initiatives and had a visible physical deficit against the Lorient players, who muzzled him well. He often got out of the ball in the central circle, but without much success, ”analyzed Le Parisien, which rated the number 30 with 3 points for his performance. In the case of L’Equipe, it also gave La Pulga the same rating as the other French newspaper.
The team that has Messi and Mbappé as main figures has five games left before the end of the season. Next Sunday, May 7, they will visit Troyes, then it will be their turn to receive Ajaccio on Saturday the 13th. Next, they will face Auxerre on Sunday the 21st, then they will clash with Racing Strasbourg on Saturday the 27th and conclude their participation in Ligue 1 against Clermont on Saturday June 3 at the Parc des Princes.
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