Messi in PSG squad for first time and poised for debut | The Guardian Nigeria Information

Paris Saint-Germain’s French ahead Kylian Mbappe (L) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentinian ahead Lionel Messi takes half in a coaching session on the Camp des Loges Paris Saint-Germain soccer membership’s coaching floor in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on August 28, 2021. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Lionel Messi was named within the Paris Saint-Germain squad for the primary time on Sunday morning suggesting the breathless await his Ligue 1 debut might finish at Reims.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino had indicated on Saturday that every one three of PSG’s golden trio can be in his squad for the primary time.

On Sunday he made that official, naming Neymar, who additionally has but to play this season, and Kylian Mbappe in his squad for the journey to Reims for the night match.

With two days left within the switch window, this may very well be the one time the three stars play as team-mates.

Whereas Messi, who joined PSG on August 10, is poised to say whats up to French soccer, Mbappe may very well be bidding it adieu.

The World Cup winner’s future continues to be unsure after Actual Madrid reportedly made a bid to purchase him. The rumoured price can be the most important paid for a participant by any membership apart from PSG.

PSG are taking 22 gamers to Reims, however solely 11 begin with 9 extra on the bench.

On Saturday Pochettino stated Messi was “very motivated” to play.

Because it appeared unlikely the coach would take the six-time Ballon D’Or winner alongside and never put him on the staff sheet, the query that remained tantalisingly unanswered was: whether or not Messi would begin on the Stade Auguste-Delaune, or would he tease from the substitutes’ bench?

Messi and Neymar each missed the primary two league video games as they labored their technique to match health after demanding summers. They met within the Copa America remaining on July 10 in Brazil as Argentina gained to earn Messi his first worldwide trophy.

They are going to be reunited as team-mates for the primary time since PSG broke the financial institution to draw the Neymar for Barcelona in 2017.

The doable symbolism of Messi’s first official look for PSG in Reims, the place French kings had been historically topped, was not misplaced on sports activities each day L’Equipe.

“Leo I, a king in Reims”, it wrote on its entrance web page declaring his doable choice a “coronation”.

Le Parisien pointed to the native membership’s historical past as residence to “three of essentially the most stunning artists of this sport”. A Reims squad led by Simply Fontaine and Raymond Kopa reached the primary ever European Cup remaining in 1956.

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