The debut of Lionel Messi on the Champions League with a shirt that is not that of Barcelona, where the Orejona won four times. This week starts the new great challenge of conquering Europe with the Paris Saint Germain, which could never be consecrated on a continental level. Leo rested the weekend after the matches with the Argentine national team and is ready for the visit to Bruges in Belgium.
The first match for the group stage of the Champions League will be on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and televised by ESPN. PSG will visit Bruges with the aim of starting winning in an area that also includes Manchester City and Leipzig.
Now now, Leo barely played 20 minutes with his new club’s jersey in the away game against Reims. Then, he traveled with the Argentine National Team to play the South American Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and on his return he was not called up for Saturday’s game in which PSG thrashed Clermont without its main figures. Mauricio Pochettino preferred that he train and regain energy to be ten points for the Champions League.
“For a matter of common sense, the players who played with the Argentine team against Bolivia will not be present at the match against Clermont”Said the coach.
Since he found out that he would have to leave Barcelona, Leo has been haunted by the dream of continuing to compete at the highest level and trying to win the Champions League for the fifth time in his career. That way it would catch up with Cristiano Ronaldo, Alfredo Di Stefano and Paolo Maldini, among others, who won it five times. The record is held by Spaniard Francisco Gento, who won it six times with Real Madrid.
PSG is one of the favorites to win a tournament that promises to be truly spectacular with several teams aspiring to be champions: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all score in that race. In addition, you must never lose sight of Real Madrid and Liverpool.
The Parisian club has been trying to win the Orejona for years without success, and now it has incorporated footballers such as Messi, Sergio Ramos and Donnarumma with the illusion of being able to give the squad a definitive leap in the hierarchy. In addition, he retained Kylian Mbappé.
Messi signed for two years with PSG and it is likely that they will be his last appearances in the Champions League, as he could then continue his career in the Major League Soccer in the United States.