The tug-of-war over soccer star Lionel Messi causes more and more arguments between the clubs before the Champions League duel between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Messi’s Argentine compatriot Angel Di Maria has now poured fuel into the fire. After PSG’s 3-0 win over Olympique Nimes, he assured on Wednesday evening that there would be “Very good chances”that the six-time world footballer will move from Barcelona to the French champions this summer.
Barca coach Ronald Koeman broke the collar. Even a great chase by his team in the Cup quarter-finals at Granada CF (5-3 after extra time) could not appease the Dutchman. “That’s disrespectful!”said the 57-year-old. Koeman complained that the climate would be changed by PSG before the eighth finals in the premier class on February 16 in Barcelona and on March 10 in Paris “Heated up”.
Before Di Maria, another Argentine, Leandro Paredes, Messi’s close friend and ex-Barcelona professional Neymar and Brazilian sports director Leonardo had made similar suggestions at PSG. On French television it was even said that Messi, his wife Antonella and his three little boys were already learning French.
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Barcelona’s ex-club boss Joan Laporta, who has good chances in the presidential election on March 7, accused Paris a few days ago of Messi’s team “destabilize” to want. “Stop it!”he demanded.
Messi’s contract expires on June 30th. He can then change for free. The 33-year-old tried to leave the club last summer, but was prevented from doing so by President Josep Bartomeu, who later resigned. In the spectacular victory in Granada, in which the guests were able to make up a 2-0 deficit in regular time with late goals in the 88th and second minute of added time, Messi did not score. But with a brilliant performance he played a major role in advancing.
(WHAT / dpa)
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