After Mbappé’s brief trip to Madrid on Monday which panicked the football world, it is another trip by a Parisian who has been generating a lot of comments since Tuesday. Lionel Messi spent the two days off, accompanied by Leandro Paredes, in Saudi Arabia as part of a promotional campaign for the local tourist board.
A partnership that existed before Messi arrived at PSG
A trip that has caused talk since the Saudi kingdom is regularly criticized for its non-respect of human rights. For the PSG and its Qatari owner, this visit can also be of a nature to tense as relations between the two countries, even if they have warmed up somewhat in recent months, have been strained for several years.
The Parisian club was aware of Messi’s partnership with Saudi Arabia, which existed even before his signing in Paris last summer, we know internally. This trip was therefore planned, it remained to finalize the dates. It took place at the beginning of this week because, already champion, the end of the season of the Parisian star as well as that of his team is quieter.