After more than two decades in the culé institution, the Argentine star awaits his debut at PSG. At the Blaugrana, there is still one memory of him among many others: the award for the best player of the Gamper 2018.
The passage of Lionel Messi for Barcelona is history. At least for the next two years, which is the time that the Argentine star signed with Paris Saint Germain after not having been able to finalize a new contract with the Catalan club due to the economic difficulties faced by the entity chaired by Joan Laporta.
Now, explaining where he will be staying in the French capital with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their three children, he is preparing to make his official premiere with a Paris team shirt. Information connected to the past of the historic number 10 culé was leaked which is related to his farewell.
According to Javier Miguel, a journalist with the Spanish sports newspaper AS, Messi passed through the local dressing room of Camp Nou on the day of the press conference and left for Barcelona.
There, in the privacy of a place that was the protagonist of great joys and various sorrows, La Pulga removed the belongings from the locker that he had left once the season was over and that he thought he would continue to use for much longer.
In this wall, which was sealed with his picture number 10, Messi left the award for the best player of the joan Gamer 2018 Trophy.
An award in the form of a star that he won after scoring a goal and giving an assist in the 45 minutes he played against Boca Juniors.
As the Spanish publication clarifies, the award was "more bulky and voluminous than expected," so Leo chose to leave it leaning outside the cabinet to release that locker that this season will have a new owner. Meanwhile, it is expected that someone close to him will finish this move and take this last memory of Leo to his residence in Castelldefels. However, they do not rule out that he remains in the club as one of the many relics related to the star that rest in that place.
On that occasion, the triumph was for the Catalans 3-0 with a goal from the Argentine plus other conquests from Malcolm and Rafinha, today a partner at PSG. In the duel, which was played on August 15, Xeneize was still led by Guillermo Barros Schelotto. To cite some names who wore the blue and gold jersey on that day were the former goalkeeper Esteban Andrada , the Uruguayan Nahitan Nández , the Colombians Wilmar Barrios, Edwin Cardona and Sebastián Villa .
That action of Leo on the day of his farewell was the first step of a profound renovation in the Camp Nou dressing room. While there are still no clues of what will occur to the number 10 this term, the aforementioned newspaper reported that the players' drawers were replaced, all the contours were removed, and any trace related to Messi in that enclosure was removed. The idea of the leadership is not to assign any place in the dressing room officially until August 31, when the transfer market will close, waiting for What can happen with registration and deletion during this transfer period?
It is important to remember that once a man from Rosario left the Spanish city of Paris to seal his new bond, the first step taken by the Catalan club was to bring down a billboard with a picture of Leo from the front of the stadium. Club operators, Messi's face on the main posters, and those who remained as part of the poster were Marc Ter Stegen, Gerard Piqué, Antoine Griezmann, and Frank De Jong, the new banners of the team led by Ronald Koeman.
Beyond what Leo left in Barcelona, now his goal is to complete the physical set-up after being unemployed for a month since he managed to win the Copa América with the Argentine team, and his arrival in Paris was confirmed. After the second victory in the Ligue 1 championship against Racing Strasbourg by 4-2, now all eyes on PSG are on when the official premiere of the No. 30 will finally be.
Despite the fact that many believe that it could be next Friday against Brest, as a visitor, the local press estimates that the Rosario could again be preserved by coach Mauricio Pochettino and his debut could be set for next Sunday, August 29, when, Also outside the Parc des Princes, the last semi-finalist of the Champions League faces Reims.