Lionel Messi Worried That Fitness Issues Will Affect His PSG Debut

Published 08/20/2021, 3:25 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 11: Lionel Messi poses with his jersey next to President Nasser Al Khelaifi after the press conference of Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on August 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sebastien Muylaert/Getty Images)


The footballing world was in absolute frenzy when Barcelona failed to renew Lionel Messi’s contract. Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain swooped in and secured Leo’s signature.

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Messi’s signature certainly capped off one of the best transfer windows, possible ever, as PSG added 4 world class starters along with Messi in Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum in a sum of just €70 million. With such a loaded side, PSG will look to dominate the footballing world.

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Lionel Messi uncertain when he is going to make his debut

Ever since the move of Messi moving to Paris has been confirmed, football fans around the world can’t wait to see ‘La Pulga’ in action. Lionel Messi might be a dream addition to a side including Neymar and Mbappe.

But the Argentine’s debut might take some time. Coming off of a fantastic Copa America campaign, the 6-time Ballon D’or winner hasn’t played competitively in about a month. While other players have seen some play-time, Messi hasn’t even participated in a game and only had his second practice session with the club.

In his very first presser the 34-year-old opened up about his potential debut. “I don’t know when my debut will be. I have just returned from vacation, I have been rested for a month. Honestly, I don’t know when I’ll be back. I met the coach and the staff yesterday.”

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Messi added, “I will probably have to do some preparation, start training, and when I’m ready I’ll start playing… I will see depending on the preparation, the training, my feelings, but when the staff finds me ready, I will start with a lot of desire.”

The PSG staff will certainly be careful of the Argentine’s fitness. Given that the PSG attack is so stacked, Mauricio Pochettino and Co. can still dominate without a massive presence like Messi in the side.

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According to French media outlet Le Parisien, the 6-time Ballon D’or winner is set to miss the matchup against Brest. The last thing the Ligue 1 giants would want is to risk their statement signing by rushing his debut. Regardless, expect a electrifying crowd when ‘La Pulga’ makes his debut with Neymar and Co.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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