Lionel Messi seems not to be the same for a long time: outside Barcelona, a superstar in Paris, champion with Argentina and positive for coronavirus at 34 years old. At PlayOn99 News we think about it.
The world Lionel Messi is unknown: after contracting coronavirus in Rosario, Argentina, the best player in the world is in Paris recovering among the family.
When everyone was speculating about his situation and the possibility of missing the February games of the South American Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi sent a public message on his Instagram account:
“As you know I had COVID and I wanted to thank you for all the messages I received and to tell you that it took me longer than I thought to be well but I have almost recovered and I am really looking forward to getting back on the court. I have been training these days to get 100%, very beautiful challenges are coming this year and I hope we can see each other again very son”.
Leo Messi says he's almost recovered from COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/7PapcuEE1w
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 13, 2022
This occurs in a particular situation with his club, Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he missed 11 games due to muscular problems and has not appeared in training after his holidays.
Injuries had their match point for a kick to the knee when his country faced Venezuela and since then he has not been the same physically.
He has not yet trained alongside his teammates and continues with the tasks to get ready, with a view to the next matches in Ligue 1.
Last week he missed the game against Olympique Lyon and everything indicates that he will not be available this Saturday to play against Brest either.
Messi back in training ?♂️
— GOAL India (@Goal_India) January 8, 2022
Did Messi enter a stage towards retirement where nothing else matters to him? At 34 years old, his football has changed and his physicality has given him problems, but his mentality adds.
There are already many years where he has not been in the preseason: 2018 had the World Cup in Russia, 2019 he traveled to play the Copa América, 2020 the famous case of burofax and in 2021 -after being champion with Argentina and having vacations for a month – he separated from Barcelona on the hour.
The new Messi arrived in Paris as a superstar and everyone went crazy for him, but he has had more than one detractor who spoke of how unnecessary he is in this team and the prominence that Kylian Mbappé has.
PSG Top Goal Scorers (All Comps)
1️⃣ 8️⃣ Mbappe ??
6️⃣ Messi ??
5️⃣ Icardi ??
4️⃣ Gueye ??
4️⃣ Herrera ??
3️⃣ Hakimi ??
3️⃣ Marquinhos ??
3️⃣ Wijnaldum ??
3️⃣ Neymar ??
3️⃣ Di Maria ??
2️⃣ Draxler ??
1️⃣ Kimpembe ??
1️⃣ Danilo ??
1️⃣ Sarabia ??
Are you surprised by anyone?
— PSGINT (@PSGINT_) January 7, 2022
For that reason, from the Argentine National Team they assure PSG that it is not necessary for him to travel to play the remaining matches of the World Cup qualification. Although the final decision is up to Lionel.
In the football environment, this version of Messi far removed from his historical rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has worried without training or worrying about the current situation of the team.
The way Ronaldo looks at Messi's Award ?? pic.twitter.com/w85BdSH69j
— Harshal (@harshal57gd) January 14, 2022
Retirement is getting closer and closer and the Argentine is not even on the scorers’ charts: scored only one goal in Ligue 1 and five in the Champions League.
While he recovers from the virus, we all hope that Messi does not fall into a retirement loop at 34, when the MLS seems closer and closer, and is psyched to win, like every athlete, in the knockout stage of the Champions League against none other than Real Madrid.
The Santiago Bernabéu stadium –where he has scored three hat-tricks, dozens of goals and showed his shirt– awaits you with open arms to once again make history as the true GOAT.
25. Another Clasico masterclass…
500th career goal.
Iconic shirt celebration.
In 2017, Messi let the fans in the Bernabeu know ?
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 24, 2021