Millionaire footballer Lionel Messi enjoys using his private plane, which he has the pleasure of owning. However, the top player of Paris Saint-Germain is facing criticism from climate activists as a result of an investigation by L’Équipe.
Private jet travel is extremely popular in the world of French football. Clubs frequently charter a private plane to transport the team to an away game; this practise is not limited to the star players. L’Equipe made the decision to pursue this and learned that Messi, in particular, enjoys flying.
No fewer than 52 flights totaling 368 hours were conducted aboard Messi’s leased private jet in the months of June, July, and August. 1502 tonnes of CO2 were released as a result. In 150 years of life, a typical French person would emit the same amount.
Last weekend, the activist group Fossil Free Football released a statement criticising one of the KNVB’s primary sponsors. The initiative seeks to inspire clubs and unions to sustainably organise football.
Since the Argentinean also loans his own plane to friends and family, Messi wasn’t on board every voyage. The inquiry conducted by L’Equipe, which also looked at numerous other players, produced the required condemnation of Messi in France. After the report, the attacker has not (yet) responded.
On Saturday night, Paris Saint-Germain will play OGC Nice in a league game to kick off their Ligue 1 campaign. Millionaire footballer Lionel Messi can simply refrain from flying for this game because this is at home.