Photos: Messi Returns To PSG Days After Qatar World Cup Victory
2022 World Cup champion, Lionel Messi, returned to his club side, Paris Saint-Germain, on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, days after helping Argentina to victory in Qatar.
Recall that Messi scored twice at full and an extra-time for Argentina in the World Cup final against France which eventually ended in a penalty shootout.
The 35-year-old footballer helped his country home defeat France in a penalty shoot-out after both sides were held to a 3-3 draw after extra time.
Naija News recalls that France and Argentina during the most intriguing clash went all out at each other with the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Messi and Kylian Mbappe (France striker) showing their prowess on the pitch.
Returning to the Paris professional football club today, Messi received a ‘guard of honour’ made up of his teammates, coaching staff and training centre staff.
Messi was received at PSG with claps and huge hugs from the coaching staff, and his teammates.
See the video clip and more photos below:
Cristiano Ronaldo Mistakes Saudi Arabia For South Africa
Meanwhile, Al-Nassr’s new signing, Cristiano Ronaldo made an expensive mistake during his first press conference as the player of Saudi Arabia’s club.
Ronaldo who was unveiled as the club’s player on Tuesday, referred to Saudi Arabia as South Africa while addressing reporters.
Late in December, the 37-year-old Portuguese football icon signed a bumper deal reportedly worth £173 million per year which is regarded as a record salary for a footballer.
As part of the deal, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will play for Al-Nassr for two-and-half-year before he will take up an ambassadorial job. The job entails that Cristiano Ronaldo would help Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Greece to win the bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
While speaking during his unveiling, Cristiano Ronaldo mistakenly said: “For me, it is not the end of my career coming to South Africa.
“This is why I want to change and to be honest I really don’t worry about what people say.
“I took my decision and I have a responsibility to change that.”
On why he decided to leave Europe for Asia, Ronaldo added: “In Europe, my work is done.
“I won everything, I played for the most important clubs in Europe and now it is a new challenge in Asia.
“As nobody knows, I can say now I had many opportunities in Europe, many clubs in Brazil, Australia, the US, even in Portugal, many clubs tried to sign me.”