It was a question: how would the public of the Park welcome Lionel Messi in the event of a ceremony in tribute to his title of world champion with Argentina, against France? Some even feared possible whistles, particularly following the celebrations of the Argentinians and slippage of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez against Kylian Mbappé.
Nothing will happen. According to our information, PSG has indeed decided not to organize a special tribute for its star on the occasion of the reception of Angers, this Wednesday. The club considers that the welcome given to him on his return to the Camp des Loges training center last week, where a guard of honor and a trophy presentation from the hands of Luis Campos had taken place, was enough to mark the occasion. In addition, it is emphasized that three and a half weeks have already passed since the final of December 18, which is not neutral.
Twice since the beginning of the year, Christophe Galtier had evoked the reunion of Messi with the Parisian public. After the match in Lens, he slipped: “I have no doubt that he will be very well received at the Parc. Above all, now that he has achieved this incredible goal, we must remember what he has been doing since the start of the season with the team. He is a decisive player for us. So I have no doubt that he will be very well received”.
Then, before the trip to Châteauroux, in the Coupe de France, the coach insisted again: “Everyone is happy to see him. Will there be a celebration at the Parc des Princes? We’ll see when his next game is but there’s no demand and a need from Leo to be celebrated. He is world champion, he is an extraordinary player. I hope it will be celebrated by the supporters. We are very, very lucky to have a player like Leo Messi. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be celebrated. »
This will therefore not be the case officially, but the supporters will be able to greet him, in particular at the time of the presentation of the teams by the announcer of the Parc Michel Montana. Even in the event of a goal from the Argentinian if he were to take part in his first match of 2023.
On the other hand, it could be that a minute of silence in tribute to two former members of the club – the midfielder Modest Mbami and podiatrist Gilles Watelle – recently deceased.