He has not yet made his debut with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and the Parc des Princes already has its new monarch: Leo Messi, who was acclaimed this Saturday by almost 50,000 throats in an aroused Parisian stadium.
In the run-up to PSG’s game against Strasbourg, on the second day of Ligue-1 in France, Messi jumped onto the pitch 40 minutes before the start of the game (21.00 CET / 19.00 GMT) along with the other four signings of the season : Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum.
The new recruits in Paris emerged one by one and took a stand on the grass, where they answered a brief question from a presenter.
Ramos and Messi, both lost to Strasbourg, were the last to enter the field of play. The first was received by the fans with a frank ovation and a special song.
“This is a very special day for me, we have a great team, a project to win everything (…) and play brilliant football, which is also important,” said the former Real Madrid captain.
“It was a very special week, I want to thank all the people for the reception, which was incredible. I feel very happy, very excited about this new stage,” said the Argentine international, who had been presented to the media last Wednesday.
In the vicinity of the stadium of the Park of the Princes, the feverish atmosphere of the last days was also felt.
Despite being August, the subway that leads to the venue was overflowing hours before the start of the game and some fans looked for resale tickets.
The French authorities authorized a full house in the Parc des Princes as long as the health pass is presented, a digital code that confirms a vaccination against the covid, a negative test of the recent disease or a certificate of cure.