Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé were called up for the match that Paris Saint-Germain will play this Sunday in the field of Reims, in what is the first appearance of the captain of the Argentine national team in a list of the Parisian club.
The call also includes the French attacker Mbappé, for which Real Madrid has made an offer to PSG worth 180 million euros, and on which the suspense remains about whether he will change teams before the close of the market, at midnight next Tuesday.
The PSG coach, Mauricio Pochettino, had already anticipated that he would include his attacking trident on the list of his call, although he hinted that perhaps not all will play at the beginning.
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Mbappé, Messi and the Brazilian Neymar “will surely be among the summoned. We will see if they are within the game of the eleven chosen,” the Argentine coach had pointed out in the press conference prior to the meeting this Sunday corresponding to the fourth day of the French league.
If he finally makes his debut with PSG, it will be the first time that Messi (34 years old) has played with another club’s shirt since his entry into professional football, who reached the age of 17 in the 2004-05 season with Barcelona, which has been his team until June 30.
If Messi’s possible debut, which is going to revalue the French league, is one of the great attractions of this meeting, the other is the role that Mbappé can play, who at 22 is the undisputed star of French football.
Normally, when the negotiations for a transfer are advanced, the player concerned is kept in reserve to avoid an injury that frustrates the operation, so whether Mbappé plays or not can give a measure of the will of PSG to agree to a transfer to Real Madrid or trying to make the exceptional trident that he has formed play at least one season together to try to win the Champions League, a true obsession of the Qatari leaders of the club.
The rest of the PSG squad has no surprises, with Navas and Donnarumma as goalkeepers – a position on which the duel between two great figures continues – and the usual Hakimi, Kipembe, Marquinhos, Verratti, Paredes, Di María, Danilo, Wijnaldum , Herrera, Diallo or Draxler, among others, until reaching the 22 mentioned.