Messi Finally Departs Hometown For PSG

After spending a lengthy amount of time in his hometown of Rosario celebrating the World Cup win last month, Argentina captain Lionel Messi eventually departed for Paris on a private plane late on Monday.

According to the regional daily La Capital de Rosario, Messi departed about 10:00 pm (0100 GMT) with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and sons Mateo, Thiago, and Ciro.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner left Qatar two days after helping Argentina defeat France in the World Cup final with two goals on December 18 in Rosario, around 310 kilometers north of Buenos Aires.

Around 1400 GMT on Tuesday, the private aircraft is scheduled to touch down in Paris.

Messi spent Christmas and New Year’s at his parents’ house, and PSG coach Christophe Galtier predicted that he would return on “January 2 or 3.”

The 35-year-old missed the first two post-World Cup games for the Ligue 1 leaders as a result.

However, he should be eligible for PSG’s French Cup match against Chateauroux on Friday, when he would reunite with French colleague Kylian Mbappe, who lost despite scoring a hat-trick in that World Cup final, which Argentina won on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Numerous supporters bid farewell to Messi at Rosario’s international airport, where a heavy security presence prevented them from approaching the striker and his family.

Argentina’s victory in December marked their third World Cup triumph overall and their first since 1986, when late legend Diego Maradona led them to victory.

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