Though he already started training (football live today) after joining Paris Saint-Germain this week, Lionel Messi won’t play just yet. After leaving Barcelona for France, Paris, now, superstar forward Messi will have to wait for his PSG debut.
On Tuesday, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner set the end of his 21-year association with Barcelona in stone.
After leaving Barca as their best football player, Messi signed a two-year PSG contract, which can extend to a third.
However, Messi has not played a competitive match since Argentina’s 1-0 win over Brazil in the Copa America final.
That final was on July 10, and ever since, he has only had two training sessions with his new club.
So, based on new head coach Mauricio Pochettino’s discretion, Messi will have to wait to make his Ligue 1 debut.
Messi Will Have to Wait for his PSG Debut
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino will give Lionel Messi time to recover from his injury before making his official debut.
“Today was his second training session since the Copa America final,” Pochettino said at a pre-match news conference on Friday.
“The priority for him is to feel better and better,” the coach said, following Messi’s shock switch from Barcelona recently. “Only then will we see if he is ready to play matches.”
“We share the same feelings that the fans are experiencing, a great positive energy,” Pochettino then went on to say.
“Every coach in the world wants to have the best players,” he remarked.
“It’s nice to have a roster of excellent players here to increase competition and help us achieve our targets.”