Leo Messi was greeted as a hero upon his return to Paris. The Argentine captain joined the training sessions of Paris Saint-Germain, on Wednesday, where he was greeted by his colleagues in style after he was crowned world champion with Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar.
His teammates greeted him with a standing ovation and lined up in a large hall made up of all the club’s players and workers who paid tribute to the Argentine after his successes in the World Cup. The only thing missing is Mbappe, another World Cup player who is in the US and enjoying a few days.
Messi returned to training with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, one day after his arrival in the French capital from Argentina, where he had taken a few days off after winning with his team in the World Cup in Qatar.
Paris Saint-Germain showed a short video clip of Messi through his Twitter account this morning, upon his arrival at the training center, and a picture in which he was greeted by Neymar, one of the club’s stars.
The one he didn’t find among his teammates was the other great hero in the World Cup final between France and Argentina, Kylian Mbappe, who, although he resumed training after only three days, has now taken time off and is in the United States.
Messi, 35, landed at noon today, Tuesday, at Le Bourget Airport, north of Paris, by private plane. He was accompanied, in particular, by his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, and their children, Matteo, Thiago, and Cyrus.
The Argentine is the last of the players to participate in the World Cup to return to the training of Paris Saint-Germain, who must play a match in the French Cup in Châteauroux on Friday, and then next Wednesday with the next French League match against Angers. Then it is believed that Messi can return to play with his team.
He wasn’t the only Argentine to receive a warm welcome from his club upon his return from the World Cup. Alexis McAllister returned to work with Brigthon yesterday, and all his colleagues and staff at the Premier Club are waiting to greet him with cheers and applause. The Argentine thanked everyone by saluting everyone one by one, and even got a replica of the World Cup in a stunning recreation of the trophy handover ceremony between two huge cannons of white, blue and gold confetti.
Similar receptions have also been seen in recent days for other people such as Exequiel Palacios (Bayern Leverkusen), Nicolás Tagliafico (Lyon), Julián Alvarez (Manchester City) or Lisandro Martínez (Manchester United), among others.
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