Paris Saint-Germain: A Mixed Bag of Triumphs and Controversies
Lionel Messi’s Unpleasant Farewell from PSG
2022 was a remarkable year for Lionel Messi, who lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy with the Argentinian national team after defeating France in the final. However, the iconic footballer has recently expressed his disappointment towards his former club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), for not recognizing this significant achievement during his tenure there.
Messi stated that he was the only player among the victorious Argentine squad not to receive any acknowledgment from his club. His relationship with PSG fans had soured even before the end of his time at Parc des Princes, as they booed him on several occasions post-World Cup, questioning his commitment to the team.
Reflecting on this experience, Messi shared with ESPN Argentina, “I was the only player of the 25 that didn’t get [club] recognition.” He added that though it was understandable given the rivalry between Argentina and France, he still felt slighted by this lack of appreciation.
An Unexpected Turn of Events: Messi Joins Inter Miami
Following the expiration of his contract with PSG, Lionel Messi joined the MLS side Inter Miami as a forward. This move marked a change in the landscape of American soccer, boosting its profile globally and providing new opportunities for growth within the league.
Paris Saint-Germain Foundation Welcomes Royal Visitors
In a more positive event for the club, the Paris Saint-Germain Foundation received a visit from King Charles III and Queen Camilla to showcase their numerous initiatives and projects in supporting local communities and those in need.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain, and President of the Paris Saint-Germain Foundation, expressed his gratitude to the royal couple, stating, “It was a great honor and privilege to welcome King Charles III and Queen Camilla to highlight the incredible work of the PSG Foundation. Paris Saint-Germain is proud to make a positive impact within our local communities and for those in need, especially in Paris, our home. It was an honor to showcase our projects and initiatives to Their Majesties today.”
A New Addition: Tabitha Chawinga Joins PSG on Season-Long Loan
In other news, Paris Saint-Germain announced the signing of Malawi international Tabitha Chawinga on a season-long loan deal from Wuhan Jianghan University until June 30th, 2024. The forward started her football career at her hometown club DD Sunshine in Lilongwe, Malawi, before moving to Swedish third-tier outfit Krokom/Dvärsätts IF in 2014.
After moving up one division later by joining Kvarnsvedens IK, Chawinga notably finished the 2015-2016 season as the league’s top scorer while securing promotion for her side. She will now have the opportunity to showcase her talent on a bigger stage, as she joins the ranks of Les Parisiens.
Looking Forward: A Promising Future for Paris Saint-Germain?
Despite facing controversies related to their handling of superstar Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain continues to demonstrate its commitment to creating a positive societal impact through their foundation and diversifying their roster with noteworthy signings like Tabitha Chawinga.
As the club moves on from past disappointments and looks to build a brighter future, PSG needs to maintain focus on showcasing their sporting excellence and fostering strong relationships with players and fans alike to cement their status among Europe’s top football clubs.