The prospect of seeing Lionel Messi work with Neymar again will have many football fans around the world salivating.
A team, PSG, which lost the Ligue 1 title last season but reached the final and semi-finals of the Champions League in the last two campaigns, now seems ready to win a first European Cup.
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Lionel Messi greets PSG fans yesterday from the window of Paris airport. Photo: Reuters
Lionel Messi greets to shout at PSG fans from the window of Paris airport yesterday. Photo: Reuters
The model is the Barcelona team of 2014/15 that won the three-pointer with Messi scoring 58 goals and Neymar 39. The third man, then, was Luis Suarez who added 25 goals.
Now the third person is Mbappe. He goes to Pochettino, Messi’s compatriot, to host them all, and Angel di Maria, and to find the right balance to make a team of champions, as well as a modern football version of the Harlem Globetrotters
“The five of us are heading for a new adventure together,” Leo Messi’s wife Antonella Rokoutsun wrote on Instagram, accompanying the proposal with a photo of herself and the Argentine player on the plane that took them to Paris.
“The five of us are going on a new adventure together,” Leo Messi’s wife Antonella Rokoutsun wrote on Instagram, accompanying the proposal with a photo of herself and the Argentine player on the plane that took them to Paris.
Not all fans will be happy. Many will find it difficult to come to terms with Messi’s departure from Barcelona. Others would rather see him go to a club where he could really have a transformative impact, like Diego Maradona in Napoli.
But modern football is now dominated by a narrow elite funded by wealthy landowners, state wealth in the case of Qatar-backed Paris Saint-Germain and Abu Dhabi-based Manchester City.
Add Roman Abramovich, the winner of the Champions League, Chelsea, even Barcelona and Real Madrid can not keep up. It is another bitter blow to Barça, which in 2017 was powerless to stop Neymar from going to Paris for a world record of 222 million euros ($ 264 million), causing the chain of events that led Messi to follow the same path.
Barça have ruined themselves in the transfer market by trying to replace Neymar to the point that they have not been able to keep their best player ever due to La Liga financial rules for fair play.
PSG is not immune to the financial hardships of the pandemic, but it is in a better position to survive the recession. PSG lost 124.9 million euros before taxes in the 2019/20 season, which was limited by the pandemic. Last season’s figures are likely to be much worse, with around € 230 million reported, with PSG almost completely without revenue as the games were played behind closed doors, while French TV revenues fell after a record deal with the club collapsed. Mediapro.
However, they have made a name for themselves in the transfer market, spending € 60 million ($ 71 million) on Inter right-back Ahraf Hakimi and signing several big players who did not have a contract with Sergio Ramos, Giorgino Vinaldum and Gianluigi. Wijnaldum snatched from her nose … Barcelona.
PSG can do it because their owners from Qatar are there to cover the losses and because, at least for the time being, the rules of the French league do not prevent clubs from having a salary-to-income ratio of almost 100 percent, as it was in 2019/20.