The Argentine striker and his wife and children flew to Saudi Arabia just hours after PSG’s shock 1-3 defeat to Lorient at Parc des Princes.
Despite Kylian Mbappe scoring, PSG was humiliated by Lorient at their base, in a match where Messi disappeared on the field, and Hakimi was sent off from the 20th minute.
This is PSG’s sixth defeat in Ligue 1, although the team is still at the top with a 5-point difference. That shows the instability of the all-star team, so their elimination in the C1 Cup is impossible.
According to La Parisien, in a situation that is not fun, PSG need to look at themselves to regain their form by preparing for the next match against Troyes, when Messi was seen with his wife and children flying to Saudi Arabia.
This source said, not only that, but Messi also has ‘a few days’ to stay in the Middle Eastern country, where Al Hilal is ready to spread the invitation to return.
However, in fact, this trip of Messi was approved by PSG, because he has a contract as a tourism ambassador for Saudi Arabia.
However, the “behind-the-scenes” news from L’Equipe said that there were two figures who said “no” to Messi’s request: sporting director Luis Campos and head coach Galtier. That is, the captain of the Argentina team would like to ‘beyond the level’, to a higher level of leadership!
Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb announced the arrival of Messi’s family: “I am delighted to welcome Tourism Ambassador Lionel Messi and his family to Saudi Arabia.”
Messi himself also posted information on his personal page, as part of the agreement between the two sides. According to Athletic, Messi can earn $25 million a year as a Tourism Ambassador for the Middle Eastern country.
Regarding Messi’s future, it is still unknown where he will play next season, when the agreement with PSG is only counted by days.
There is information, the Argentine striker still prioritizes staying in Paris, while Barca is given an effort to bring him back. But no matter where he is, there is one thing in common from the world champion: he does not accept a pay cut.