Just minutes before Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Kyllian Mbappé rushes to the far post and connects a ball into the net served by right-back Achraf Hakimi, Le Parisien – also known as Paris Saint Germain – had scored the second goal of the evening against the local club Stade de Reims in the second half at the Auguste Delaune stadium in Reims.
Suddenly, as the players got into position to throw the ball, a standing ovation from over 20,000 fans who watched the game in this small French town stopped time for a minute and centered the football world on Lionel Messi who is arguably the greatest soccer player of our time. Messi is reportedly entering a professional football pitch for the first time wearing a jersey other than FC Barcelona.
The Argentinian did not have a great game. He was able to do some triangulations with his Argentinian compatriots Angel Di Maria and Mbappé, but his personal marking was tight. In the 75th minute, he created an opportunity by stealing the ball from the opponent and passing it over the wings. He then ran to the middle to hit the ball into the net but Mbappé’s pass was blocked by the local defense.
Later, seven minutes before the game was over, Messi made a run for the goal that could have ended up in a dangerous situation for the home side, but the Stade de Reims defense dispelled any problems. With a final score of 0-2, the match ended with a standing ovation from supporters of Stade de Reims to El Enano, who is Messi’s nickname in Argentina.
While a public standing ovation at a football match played in a European regional capital is by no means newsworthy, Messi’s highlights during the match reached 14 million views on a popular football youtube channel four days after the video was posted on the platform.
This phenomenon has also been reproduced in the United States, but on a smaller scale. For example, the US victory over Mexico in the Concacaf Gold Cup final a month ago has been watched less than 500,000 times on traditional sports broadcasters such as Fox News or ESPN.
On the other hand, Messi 2:21 minutes video on the Bein Sports USA channel is close to one million views at the end of the second week of classes and less than a week after it goes live.
One of NEIU’s international students from the Netherlands, Wessel t ‘Hoen, said: “I am at the top of the article [Messi’s transfer rumors] and I closely followed the most remarkable transfer of all time.
Like Wessel, millions of fans around the world followed Messi’s story last month from rumors in Qatar about his departure from Barcelona to the moment he moved the ball in a PSG uniform marked with a another sports legend – Michael Jordan.
Those same fans justified PSG’s ownership decision to buy the Argentinian. Since Messi transferred to PSG, the strong income that Qatari owners of PSG have been expecting has been pouring in and generating interesting prospects so far.
In England, Le Parisiens put 150,000 jerseys in Messi’s name on their online store with prices ranging from $ 80 to $ 190 and they sold within seven minutes.
While fans understand that money is what makes everything in sport work, it seems that club owners or elected officials tend to forget that football, ultimately, belongs to the fans.
“Football is losing its charm. Billions of dollars change hands at every transfer window. The amounts that clubs are willing to pay for players don’t look like the value on the pitch, ”t ‘Hoen said of the damage companies like Messi’s transfer to PSG are doing to football.
It’s a feeling a lot of football fans have and which grows with each new transfer window. The one that ended on August 31, the same day Messi made his PSG debut, also brought the news of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Italian squad Juventus FC to join Manchester United for the second time in his season. career for a large sum of money. Without certainty or worry about seeing Ronaldo deliver results on the pitch, Manchester United management expects his transfer to be more of a financial success.