Lionel Messi Leaves Hometown To Return To PSG

File photo of Lionel Messi.©AFP

Argentina captain Lionel Messi left for Paris on a private jet late Monday after celebrating last month’s World Cup victory in his hometown of Rosario. left at 10:00 pm (10:00 am GMT) with his wife Antonella Roccso and sons Mateo, Thiago and Ciro. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived in Rosario, about 310 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, two days after Argentina’s two-goal victory over France in the World Cup final in Qatar on December 18.

The private jet is scheduled to arrive in Paris around 1400 GMT on Tuesday.

Last week, PSG manager Christophe Galtier said he hopes Messi will return “on January 2nd or 3rd” after spending Christmas and New Years at his parents’ house.

So the 35-year-old missed the Ligue 1 leaders’ first two post-World Cup games.

However, he should be available for PSG’s French Cup clash with Chateauroux on Friday, where he will once again link up with French team-mate Kylian Mbappe. After a 3-3 draw, we won the penalty shootout.

Many fans saw Messi off at Rosario’s international airport. There was a massive security presence there to keep away from Forward and his family.

The December victory was Argentina’s third World Cup win and the first since the late Diego Maradona led Argentina to glory in 1986.

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