Some football experts refer to Lionel Messi as the best footballer of all time. He came to Spain at a young age, and he was trained at FC Barcelona where he quickly grew to become the team’s key success factor. For many years, he was the decisive advantage in many matches and his skills ensured that the club grew to become the best team in the world for a while.
Together with his star coach Pep Guardiola, Messi celebrated title after title. But last year, massive conflicts between the star and the club finally became apparent. Messi felt that his contract had expired and asked for it to be released, but to avoid a lengthy legal battle, he played for another year for the club. Both parties forgot their disputes eventually, and a contract extension was already in sight, but it failed.
The reason for this was the financial problems of FC Barcelona. The immense mountain of debt forced the top Spanish club to save; they could not pay the superstar’s enormous fee any longer. It was, therefore, clear that Lionel Messi would change clubs on a free transfer. In tears, the Argentinian announced the forced separation from Barcelona. Pep Guardiola had no longer expected his former favorite student to change his mind and had already made numerous transfers for Manchester City. These transfers also marked the way to Paris.
The New Galactic?
Paris Saint-Germain has been trying to build an unbeatable team of superstars for years. But the commitment of Neymar and Mbappe has not paid off, at least internationally. Everything should now change with the transfer of Lionel Messi. Expectations soared after the change became known to the public and countless fans gave the superstar an unforgettable reception in Paris. He should now make possible what had previously been unattainable. The first Champions League title for Paris Saint-German could finally become a reality.
Messi met his old teammate Neymar in Paris as well. Already at FC Barcelona, the two formed a dangerous alliance, which could also shoot the club from Paris into the football sky. Coincidentally, Sergio Ramos was another Real Madrid superstar who came to the Seine. Now experts are wondering whether this cluster of superstars will succeed at all, since the new Paris Saint-Germain team is reminiscent of the Galactic Real Madrid from around 16 years ago. Galactic was an experiment with a group of superstars that sadly failed. Is Paris Saint-Germain going to face the same fate?
It is quite possible, because not only super talented but also superegos meet in the team. Rumor has it that Kylian Mbappe has already requested a change as he sees the danger of getting lost next to Lionel Messi. His contract is still running for a year, then we’ll see. However, unlike Real Madrid, the team also has a field of solid players in defensive positions. PSG has been in the final and semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the past two years. Messi could make the last step to victory happen. But in the end, team spirit still plays a significant role. Messi’s mega-fee could still cause discussions; then, the solidarity would quickly be over.