Arrived on August 10 in Paris, the Argentinian has adapted perfectly to his new life and should start for the first time with PSG against Bruges.
A little over 25 minutes in Reims on August 29, and that’s it. This is all that the football world has seen of Lionel Messi in the PSG jersey since he arrived in the French capital on August 10 in the Le Bourget crush. For more than a month, the best football player in the world has set foot in Paris and seems to be adjusting perfectly to his new life after leaving Barcelona where he had lived for 20 years. Goal takes you behind the scenes of this express adaptation.
His welcome and his life in the French capital
Whether at the Paris airport, at the Parc des Princes on the day of his presentation or even under the windows of the Royal Monceau, where he still lives and has all the facilities made available by PSG (transport, security in particular), The Argentinian really appreciated the welcome he received in the capital, just as much as he was surprised, because it is a new experience for him.
In Barcelona, in fact, Lionel Messi and his family lived in a bubble, hidden behind the walls of his villa nestled in Castelldefels. And in a city, where he couldn’t live quietly from day to day. If they have not yet found accommodation, the Messi have directed some of their research towards the western suburbs of Paris, in cities like Vaucresson or Bougival, where Neymar lives in particular.
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Perfect integration into the Parisian wardrobe
The images released by the club of Lionel Messi’s first appearance in the Paris dressing room give a good look at how he was greeted. In Paris, the Argentinian reunited with several friends, some of whom he had known for a long time, and had the impression of being part of the group for years. Well helped, it is true by the dominant language in the locker room: Spanish.
But also by his teammates of the selection, Di Maria and Paredes. A few weeks after his arrival, the latter also offered the former Barcelonan a painting by the French artist Kamal Hill, immortalizing the victory of the Albiceleste at the Copa America as a welcome gift. In Paris, he also found Neymar, whom he considers his brother. But also Rafinha with whom he played at Barça but also Verratti who accompanied the Argentinian trio during their joint vacation in Ibiza. The first feelings with Mbappé and Donnarumma were also excellent.
Another element of the locker room also greeted Messi with great affection: Sergio Ramos. It may seem strange when we remember the hard tackles of the ex-Madrilenian on his now former opponent but the images of the two in the training room of the Camp des Loges were not faked. The Spaniard, who also lives at the Royal Monceau, has been very attentive to the integration of the Pulga.
Numerous exchanges with Pochettino and his staff
Since the first discussion with Mauricio Pochettino a few days before his arrival in Paris, Messi has been able to interact on several occasions with his new coach, but also Jesus Perez, the first assistant, who has an excellent relationship with the new Parisian recruit. And in the entourage of the player, we assure that they have been very positive.
On the menu of their exchanges, it was notably a question of the ball, its role on the field and what it will bring to the team. We can easily imagine that the two did not speak only of that, as the Argentinian technician attaches a real importance to knowing these players and to create with them a relation which goes beyond questions related to football.
How does he feel physically?
From his first training on Thursday August 12, Messi said he had very good feelings with his new partners. Returning later than the rest of the team, he still followed an extremely serious personalized program during his vacation, which allowed him to return already in good shape.
His fear in the game against Venezuela is forgotten, despite the vivid image of the defender resting his studs loosely on his knee, and the canceled game against Brazil allowed him to rest. In private, Messi says he is eager to start the Champions League against Brugge. A competition which is today its main objective.