First modification: 15/08/2021 – 00:55
A standing ovation from a packed Parc des Princes, fireworks and a great atmosphere: Paris Saint-Germain’s new recruits, including Lionel Messi, greeted a feverish crowd on Saturday before the game against Strasbourg. The welcome from the public was overwhelming.
Lionel Messi was paralyzed this August 14 when nearly 50,000 people began to chant his name “Leo Messi, Leo Messi” while he and the rest of the signings of Paris Saint-Germain remained standing during his welcome ceremony to the team.
Next to him were the star goalkeeper of Euro 2020, the Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma; the Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum; former Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi and former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. PSG presented its new luxury transfer brigade to the fans, crowned with the arrival of the Argentine striker.
All the players were received triumphantly by the Parisian public before the second day of Ligue 1 between PSG and Strasbourg. Messi, not yet in top form, did not make the cut but saw his new club beat Strasbourg 4-2.
During the ceremony, held one hour before the match, each of the new players spoke a few words to the fans, while they were also received in their native languages: “Welcome Ramos”, “Welkom Wijnaldum”, “Benvenuto Donnarumma”, ” Welcome Messi”…
The Parc des Princes, at full capacity for the first time since February 2020
Fireworks were set off at the welcoming ceremony, and the new signings weren’t the only cause for celebration.
The Parc des Princes opened for the first time with full capacity (47,900 people) since the outbreak of the pandemic in February last year. Those present had to present the controversial health pass required in the country to attend public events.
The stadium opened its doors at 6:00 p.m., an hour before the usual time, to allow as many fans as possible to gather in the stands for the presentation of the new star players of the Parisian team.
At 34 years old, Lionel Messi signed for two seasons (with an option for one more) with PSG last Tuesday. Since his arrival in the French capital, each of his appearances has aroused immense interest from the fans, with many of his supporters even coming to his first training sessions on Thursday and Friday.
After his arrival, the fans hope that the Argentine star will help the team achieve its main challenge: to win the Champions League cup, a wish of the thousands of PSG fans, who have never managed to win the championship. Perhaps, now, with a squad of luxury athletes and headed by Messi, they will finally manage to lift their first orejona.
With AFP and AP