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Lionel Messi has posted a rare video statement on social media in response to PSG dealing him a two-week suspension. The Argentine icon has landed himself in hot water for taking an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia, sparking a fractured end to his stint in Paris.
On Wednesday, reports claimed PSG suspended Messi after he ignored the club’s refusal to allow him to travel to Saudi Arabia for commercial work.
The 35-year-old, a Saudi Arabia tourism ambassador, believed he had permission, which was then withdrawn due to a change in his training schedule.
During his suspension, he won’t play for or train with PSG and has been fined for his discipline. Messi took to Instagram this evening to apologise for his actions and claim that he awaits the club’s direction about the incident.
He said: “I thought we were going to have a day off after the game, as it always happened. I had this trip organised, and I couldn’t cancel it.
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“I had already cancelled it before. I apologise to my teammates, and I’m waiting for what the club wants to do with me.”
PSG’s shock Ligue 1 defeat to Lorient on Sunday didn’t help soothe tensions between players and fans. Messi played 90 minutes as Christophe Galtier’s 10 men lost 3-1, their ninth in all competitions in 2023.
The World Cup winner and Neymar have been two, in particular, targeted by supporters ahead of the summer transfer window.
Messi will reportedly leave PSG at the end of his two-year contract in July, making a U-turn after reaching an ‘agreement in principle’ over a one-year extension.
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He is said to be unconvinced that the Parisiens can compete for the long-elusive Champions League due to their lingering financial issues.
An emotional return to Barcelona after his teary-eyed exit in 2021 has been touted as a potential option for next season.
But joining career-long rival Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia is also a widely-expected destination after reportedly being tabled a jaw-dropping offer.
Whether Messi will play for PSG again remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say his relationship with most at the Parc des Princes has imploded.
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