When Messi arrived in Paris from Barcelona in August 2021, he was greeted like a hero by adoring fans, and it was assumed that Messi would bring elusive success to PSG in the Champions League.
It did not work, and some of these fans have recently turned against the player, whom they see as a symbol of all that the club has done wrong, focusing on acquiring superstars and failing to build a truly competitive team.
At one point it looked as if Messi would be signed for one more season, but a month ago the Qatar-owned club said that it was now much more likely that the player would leave at the end of the campaign when his contract expired.
The events of this week were certainly the last straw.
Messi, who will turn 36 in June, played in PSG’s hapless 3-1 home loss to Lorient in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
He then traveled to Saudi Arabia to fulfill his contract obligations with the country’s tourism office.
As a result, Messi missed a training session scheduled for Monday after the weekend defeat.
PSG acted quickly to punish Messi despite his status as one of the greatest in sports.
He was suspended despite the fact that PSG still needs points to retain the French title with five games left in the season.
A source with knowledge of the disciplinary procedure told AFP that Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain will be suspended for several days.
Various media outlets in France reported that he would be suspended for two weeks.
He cannot train, cannot play and will not be paid while disciplinary measures are in effect, the source added.
A few hours later, the Saudi Arabian Tourist Board issued a press release celebrating Messi’s visit and detailing his packed itinerary, which included feeding a herd of gazelles.
Messi’s visit to Saudi Arabia was packed with exciting activities, with something for everyone in the family to do, the release said.
Meanwhile, his teammates returned to the training ground in Paris after their sixth loss in 17 Ligue 1 matches in 2023.
Is a return to Barcelona possible?
That Messi missed training and flew to Saudi Arabia instead,may seem particularly uncomfortable for PSG owners, given the recent friction between Qatar and its Persian Gulf neighbor.
Saudi Arabia imposed a diplomatic blockade on Qatar in 2017, along with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, although reconciliation between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors had already taken place.An association agreement was signed in January 2021, and the countries have since resumed relations.
On Wednesday, the front page of the French sports publication L’Equipe featured images of Messi and Qatari PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi. The headline read: Parting.
When Messi was introduced to PSG, he said that winning another Champions League title is his dream and that he believes he is in the perfect place to do so.
However, it turned out that adding an aging Messi to an attack that already has Kylian Mbappe and Neymar is not a recipe for European success.
With Messi, PSG were consistently eliminated from the Champions League in the last round of 16.
They won Ligue 1 last season and have every chance of doing so this year, even if they limp to the finish line.
Messi scored just 11 goals in a difficult first season in Paris while he was digesting his departure from Barcelona.
This season he has scored 20 goals in all competitions, and is also the best assist in Ligue 1.
Messi has developed a good rapport with Mbappe, but he has only shown glimpses of himself at the best of times.
PSG’s chances of winning the Champions League will not be diminished by the loss of Messi, but it remains to be seen where the player himself will go next.
Barcelona have made no secret of their desire to bring him back, but the Catalans’ ongoing financial problems raise doubts about their ability to make a deal.
There are no other obvious options for Messi in Europe, which means he may have to consider a move elsewhere.
MLS team Inter Miami, co-owned by David Beckham, has long been considered a possible destination for Messi.
Another option is Saudi Arabia, where he could renew his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently moved to Erriyad Club Al-Nassr.
As the Premier League season draws to a close, things are heating up. Superstar Ranveer Singh has been in the UK for the past five days, immersing himself in the atmoFrom Premier League matches, talking to fans and visiting clubs’ training grounds to get acquainted with the state-of-the-art equipment used by Premier League clubs.
During his visit, Ranveer Singh visited Premier League matches between Fulham and Manchester City, and Leicester City versus Everton, before heading to the Emirates Stadium to watch the Arsenal versus Chelsea match.
Before the match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium, Ranveer met and chatted with Leicester City’s Indian fans, discussing with them their favorite memories of the Premier League, including winning the title in the 2015/16 season. After meeting and greeting fans, Singh honored former club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at his shrine at King Power Stadium.
Singh’s experience with Premier League matches culminated in the match between Arsenal and Chelsea, which began late on the evening of May 2, 2023. An avid Gunners fan, Singh was present at the Emirates Stadium and watched as his beloved Arsenal defeated Chelsea 3-1 thanks to the superb play of Mikel Arteta’s team.
Speaking of his impressions on match day during that trip, Singh expressed his appreciation, saying: It was magical to feel the atmosphere in the stadiums during matches, as it always is. It’s great to see the best players in the world in action, fighting for their teams, and the packed stadiums supporting them.
In addition, Singh noted: I had a great time watching Arsenal’s convincing win over Chelsea at Emirates. Mikel Arteta is doing something wonderful with the team, and it was impressive to see this young and talented squad in action
During his trip, Singh had the honor of interacting with several Premier League legends. He met Per Mertesacker and Gilberto Silva at the match. Singh even took part in the Sky Sports Match Day show at the Arsenal Stadium, during which he was able to chat with Cesc Fabregas, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Patrick Viera. He also had the pleasure of watching the match between Arsenal and Chelsea in the general manager’s box at Emirates alongside Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah and Arsenal chairman and CEO Vinay Venkatesham.
In addition to visiting various Premier League clubs and meeting legends, Singh was also lucky enough to meet the current manager of AstonVilla Unai Emery, Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Fulham striker Willian. Ranveer also had the opportunity to meet Premier League and West Ham legend Carlton Cole during a visit to West Ham’s training base on May 3, 2023.
After visiting West Ham’s training base, superstar Ranveer Singh attended a Premier League Hall of Fame event where he got to interact with Premier League legends Arsene Wenger, Rio Ferdinand, Petr Cech and Peter Schmeichel.
Singh also talked about how being a Premier League ambassador in India gave him unique opportunities as a soccer fan. He expressed his gratitude and concluded: It was a wonderful experience to meet the greatest players in the history of soccer. To be in the presence of these legends who have had such an impact on the sport is truly awe-inspiring. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from them and watch their passion for the game up close. My association with the Premier League has provided me with this exceptional experience, and I am honored to be part of such an outstanding community.
The marauding Norwegian put an end to West Ham’s stubborn resistance when he scored with a graceful shot into the net after 70 minutes, becoming the most prolific scorer in a single Premier League season.
He also brought his number of goals in all competitions for City in a mind-boggling debut season to 51 – about one for every million pounds City paid Borussia Dortmund for his signature.
Unbelievable. He’s only 22 years old and he has five more games to play, City manager Pep Guardiola said. We expected him to score goals, but to break Cole and Shearer’s records… he’s special.
Pursuing triumph City, who started the evening in second place after Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea on Tuesday, failed to hit the box twice as they disappointed West Ham, who are in danger of relegation, in the first half.
But Nathan Ake made the breakthrough five minutes after halftime with a header from a free kick.
Haaland then relieved the pressure at Etihad Stadium when he slid in Jack Grealish’s ball, outshot Lukasz Fabianski and surpassed the 34-goal mark he shares with Andy Cole and Alan Shearer with five games to go.
Substitute Phil Foden made the score 3-0 in the 85th minute with a superb strike.
City, looking to win their fifth title in six seasons, had the best of both worlds.The team has 79 points from 33 games under Pep Guardiola, while Arsenal has 78 points and has played one more game. If they beat Leeds United at home on Saturday, they will move up four places.
West Ham remain in 15th place, four points above the relegation zone.
David Moyes’ team expected a siege and were not disappointed: they spent almost the entire first half deep in their own half, repelling wave after wave of City attacks.
City rushed forward, Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez forced Fabianski into routine early saves, and Haaland headed the ball point-blank to Grealish over the crossbar.
West Ham, hampered by the absence of midfielders Declan Rice and Tomasz Soucek, defended courageously and the colossal Angelo Ogbonna kicked one ball after another.
Arsenal fans may have begun to believe that the soccer gods were smiling on them when Grealish’s shot hit the post, and a few minutes later Rodri’s shot hit the post and flew agonizingly over the goal.
Guardiola was scratching his bald head when City failed to turn their 80% ball possession into a result.The hosts were frightened when Jarrod Bowen burst into the area and forced Ederson into an accurate shot after a rare West Ham foray forward.
The old routine
West Ham finally scored five minutes after the break, and it was a goal that infuriated Moyes.
After such stubborn resistance, they were ruined by a good old routine – Mahrez’s free kick was headed to the far post, and Dutch defender Ake had no problem header past Fabianski.
West Ham still looked capable of adding a twist to the title fight scenario until Grealish released Haaland for his landmark moment.
Foden then graced his team’s ninth consecutive league victory, scoring his 1,000th goal during Guardiola’s reign at City.
But the evening belonged to Haaland, who was given a guard of honor as he departed to the cheers of City fans, and Dixie Dean’s record of 63 goals in a season in all competitions for Everton in 1927-28 was confidently surpassed.
In addition to his five league games, City are involved in the semifinals of the Champions League and the FA Cup final.
It’s proof that I know myself best! shouted Maradona after the final whistle. And this is the first installment of being allowed to live my life! I want to live my life, he shook.usta, he wrote in his autobiography El Diego, translated into English by Marcela Mora y Araujo. No one knew better than Maradona that being famous and living your life was like opposing elephants in chess.
How else do you explain that Napoli won their last league title when Maradona wasn’t even supposed to play for them? To get Maradona at Olympique Marseille, Bernard Tapi promised riches beyond the imagination of a 1980s footballer. Maradona’s $12 million annual salary would be doubled, he would live in a villa with a 6,000-meter park for my daughter (Dalma) to run around in, for my family to enjoy, with a pool. (El Diego).
Napoli president Corrado Ferlaino promised to let Maradona go if they won the 1989 UEFA Super Cup. (That competition was remembered for a clip of Maradona, waving his shoelaces and driving a ball, warming up to the song Live is Life by Opus.) Napoli did so. But in the midst of the celebration, Ferlaino told Maradona that he had to honor his contract, which ran until 1993. Maradona’s autobiography, Guillem Balague’s books Boy, Rebel, God and Jimmy Burns’ Hand of God are consistent in describing this incident. In 1993 Marseille won the European Cup, the precursor to the Champions League, beating Milan, so who knows how this story would have ended.
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But in 1989 Maradona felt constrained by a long-term contract. By then, his relationship with Ferlaino, which had never been smooth, had deteriorated. His relationship with coach Ottavio Bianchi was not good either. As with the other World Cup winner as captain of Argentina, Maradona was leaving town without informing the club. But being forced to, on August 16, 1989, Maradona asked to return for preseason games, but with the proviso that he would first have to last 12 days. Napoli did not agree, and Maradona went fishing with his father.
When Serie A began on August 27, 1989, Maradona was in Argentina. On September 2, he said he wanted to return, but didn’t, according to Balagi, because he wasn’t given a first-class ticket. Maradona reached Italy on September 4 and, along with personal trainer Fernando Signorini and doctor Dr. Baleag, went to Italy.Ruben Oliva, began to prepare for the season. He played his first game on September 17.In September at home against Fiorentina, he came on as a substitute. Maradona came on as Napoli were losing 0-2. He missed a penalty, but scored two goals and Napoli won 3-2. In the blink of an eye it was all good.
Napoli started the season with a 0-1 loss away to Ascoli, but despite their totemic away win over Udinese and Verona and then played out a barren draw with Cesena. After Fiorentina, Maradona played in the next 20 games – unusual given his injury problems in previous seasons – and Napoli went on a 12-match winless streak.