The soap opera that is Paris Saint-Germain delivered another stunning bombshell that trended on Twitter and potentially set the stage for a new era at the club.
On this episode of PSG Talking, I’m joined by Ethan from PSG Fan Club Boise to discuss the controversial suspension of Lionel Messi and the recent 3-1 loss to FC Lorient at the Parc des Princes.
Up first, we share our initial reaction to Messi being suspended for two weeks for visiting Saudi Arabia with his family for promotional reasons instead of training with his teammates. The 35-year-old reportedly did not have permission from PSG, and they took action. We debate whether there are political reasons for Messi’s suspension and the level of his unprofessionalism.
🚨 Paris Saint-Germain have decided to suspend Lionel Messi with immediate effect for two weeks, sources confirm.
The suspension will take place now after Messi’s trip to Saudi NOT authorized by the club as per @RMCSport.
Messi side, still waiting on official communication. pic.twitter.com/j223WK2r5Z
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 2, 2023
The loss to Lorient was the third in six matches for PSG, and we wonder if what’s going on with Messi is a glimpse into what is wrong at the club. Could the lack of respect for the manager and the overall sporting project be what’s leading to lackluster performances toward the end of the season?
The show concludes with a discussion about where Messi may go next, with Inter Miami of Major League Soccer seemingly in the lead for his signature, and a discussion about how Messi’s suspension may impact Neymar Jr.
(🌕) Leo Messi's future lies between Inter Miami and Saudi Arabia rather than Barca, which is an extremely hard option given the financial constraints. @lequipe 🇦🇷⏳
— PSGhub (@PSGhub) May 2, 2023
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