In his official presentation, the Rosario star showed his desire to jump onto the playing field at his new club.
After his first hectic 24 hours in Paris, which included a massive reception at the airport for his arrival, on his visit to the Parc des Princes stadium and then on his arrival at the Le Royal Monceau hotel, his place of stay for the next few days, until he moved with his family to his new home in the French capital, Lionel Messi was already officially presenting at PSG.
In the presence of a crowd in the new stadium that will now be his football home, the Argentine star spoke with the press. When asked when his premiere could be with the Parisian team's jersey, Leo was forceful: "I come from a vacation, more than a month unemployed. I just saw the coaching staff yesterday. Surely I will have to do a preseason alone, start training well and when I am ready to start playing", explained Messi.
"Hopefully, it will be as soon as possible because I want to play, but I can't tell you a date. However, as I train or how I feel, and the coaching staff decides that it is time, we will be looking forward to it", added the new number 30 of Paris Saint Germain, who confirmed that he would have his first practice this Thursday with the squad.
Faced with this scenario, and after those led by Argentine Mauricio Pochettino already began their path in Ligue 1 with a victory (2-1 against Troyes last weekend), next Saturday, from 16 in Argentina. (21 local times), PSG will play the second date of the regional competition against Racing de Strasbourg. Will we see Messi in the Parc des Princes? He will surely be with his new teammates, but not on the court.
It remains to be seen what will happen with the future commitments of the Parisian team for the local tournament. Against Brest (August 20) or against Reims (August 29), both in visitor status could be a viable option if the Argentine star feels physically fit to face his debut. His need not to miss minutes when the competition begins is known. Still, at this stage of his career, physical care is essential to meet a season expected to be as long as possible for Paris Saint Germain fans.
Considering his long period of one month vacation - more than usual due to the end of his contract with Barcelona and the arrangement of his new bond -, everything indicates that the debut could be delayed a few weeks after the historic number 10 passes. Special conditioning in the absence of preseason. If so, the date of your first time wearing the Parisian club's jersey could be at home against Clermont Foot (September 11) or in a duel against one of the most popular teams in French football, Olympique Lyon (September 18). September).
In the middle of Messi's calendar at the local level in the French league, the National Team that has just won the Copa América will go through a critical series of three games to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar 2022. In one week they will play three games, the first two as visitors. First, they will face Venezuela (2/9). At 72 hours, they will play in São Paulo against Brazil (5/9) in the final rematch at the Maracana. Then, he will receive Bolivia (9/9).
In this way, and after his excursion with the national team, the big step that Messi will take will be to start the dream of getting the long-awaited Orejona. After playing the final and falling to Bayern Munich in the Final 8 in Lisbon amid the pandemic, and with the defeat in the semifinals of the last campaign, the central objective for PSG will be to be the protagonist in the Champions League once again. UEFA announced that the group stage would be played between September 14 and December 7. In February 2022, the round of 16 series will be played, culminating in the grand final at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
"Tomorrow, I start training. First, I have to get well physically, and when I'm well, I'll start, "he said in a dialogue with ESPN. Thus, Lionel Messi's new path is underway. Now, all that remains is for him to start working with his new teammates while waiting for the day that the football world can see him with his new shirt.